Schuit v Tree Line Mgt. Corp.
2007 NY Slip Op 10061 [46 AD3d 405]
December 20, 2007
Appellate Division, First Department
Published by New York State Law Reporting Bureau pursuant to Judiciary Law § 431.
As corrected through Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Michiel Schuit, Appellant,
Tree Line Management Corp., Doing Business as The Treeline Companies, Respondent.

[*1] Bernard D'Orazio, New York City, for appellant.

Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC, Garden City (Mark N. Reinharz of counsel), for respondent.

Order, Supreme Court, New York County (Bernard J. Fried, J.), entered on or about February 20, 2007, which granted defendant's motion pursuant to CPLR 3211 (a) (7) to dismiss plaintiff's Labor Law article 6 and quantum meruit causes of action, unanimously affirmed, with costs.

The court correctly found that plaintiff, defendant's director of acquisitions and senior vice president, was employed as an executive and therefore has no cognizable claim under Labor Law § 198 (see Labor Law § 190 [7]; see Gottlieb v Kenneth D. Laub & Co., 82 NY2d 457 [1993]). Plaintiff's contention that he was not an executive is inconsistent with the allegations of his complaint and his title and employment contract and therefore insufficient to avoid dismissal of the cause of action (see LeBreton v Weiss, 256 AD2d 47, 48 [1998]).

The existence of an enforceable contract covering the disputed issue of plaintiff's compensation precludes his recovery in quantum meruit (see Zito v Fischbein, Badillo, Wagner & Harding, 35 AD3d 306, 307 [2006]).

We have considered plaintiff's remaining contentions and find them unavailing. Concur—Lippman, P.J., Marlow, Williams and Gonzalez, JJ.