Misako Yoshida v PC Tech U.S.A. & You-Ri, Inc.

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Yoshida v PC Tech U.S.A. & You-Ri, Inc. 2005 NY Slip Op 07797 [22 AD3d 373] October 20, 2005 Appellate Division, First Department Published by New York State Law Reporting Bureau pursuant to Judiciary Law § 431.

Misako Yoshida, Respondent,
PC Tech U.S.A. & You-Ri, Inc., Appellant.


Order, Supreme Court, New York County (Herman Cahn, J.), entered on or about March 9, 2005, which, in an action by a Japanese citizen against a Japanese company arising out of the latter's alleged fraudulent misrepresentations that it was licensed and accredited as an educational institution by the State of New York, denied defendant's motion to dismiss the complaint, unanimously affirmed, with costs.

Plaintiff's allegations, if accepted, would convincingly establish her claim that defendant misrepresented itself as an accredited educational institution, contravening a strong public policy of the State as reflected by the Education Law. Plaintiff also makes a strong showing that a trial in Tokyo would be so impracticable and inconvenient that she would be deprived of her day in court. Under the circumstances, the IAS court properly declined to enforce the clause in the parties' contract selecting Tokyo as the forum (see The Bremen v Zapata Off-Shore Co., 407 US 1, 15, 16-17 [1972]; Premium Risk Group v Legion Ins. Co., 294 AD2d 345, 346 [2002]). We have considered and rejected defendant's other arguments. Concur—Mazzarelli, J.P., Friedman, Marlow and Nardelli, JJ.