The Second Department determined a letter from counsel, together with other correspondence, established an enforceable settlement agreement of a real property dispute:
CPLR 2104 governs the enforceability of settlement agreements … . Pursuant to CPLR 2104, a settlement agreement is binding upon a party if it is in a writing subscribed either by the party or by his or her attorney. To be enforceable, a settlement agreement must set forth all material terms, and there must be clear mutual accord between the parties … .
Here, the material terms of the settlement agreement were set forth in a letter by the plaintiff's then attorney, who had apparent authority to settle the case on her behalf based on the plaintiff's actions … . The exchange of correspondence between the attorneys for the parties, in conjunction with the defendants' completion of the tasks demanded in the settlement without any objection by the plaintiff, was sufficient to constitute an enforceable settlement agreement between the parties … . Martin v Harrington, 2016 NY Slip Op 04027, 2nd Dept 5-25-16
CIVIL PROCEDURE (CORRESPONDENCE ESTABLISHED AN ENFORCEABLE SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT)/CONTRACT LAW (CORRESPONDENCE ESTABLISHED AN ENFORCEABLE SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT)