Cochran v. Dellfava case brief summary517 N.Y.S.2d 854 (1987)
CASE SYNOPSISPlaintiff sought to recover money she gave to defendant to invest in a chain distributor (pyramid) scheme, which was prohibited by N.Y. Gen. Bus. Law § 359-fff(1).
Plaintiff invested in a chain distributor (pyramid) scheme called "the airplane game" prohibited by N.Y. Gen. Bus. Law § 359-fff(1). She asked the court to get her money back after her airplane crashed.
- The court held that plaintiff's standing to bring the lawsuit depended on whether she violated N.Y. Gen. Bus. Law § 359-fff(1).
- The court held that, by investing her money in the scheme, she promoted the game as declared illegal in the statute.
- Therefore, plaintiff's cause of action failed as a matter of law.
- It did not matter whether defendant was the more culpable party.
Plaintiff's complaint to recover money invested with defendant was dismissed.
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