senate Bill S3114

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to the rate of interest to be paid on judgments and accrued claims

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S3114 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Banking Law
Laws Affected:
Add §7-a, Bank L; amd §5004, CPLR
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
S3751

S3114 - Bill Texts

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Relates to the rate of interest to be paid on judgments and accrued claims; ties the rate of interest to the maturity treasury yield as published by the federal reserve.

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BILL NUMBER:S3114

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the banking law and the civil practice
law and rules, in relation to the rate of interest to be paid upon judg-
ments and accrued claims

PURPOSE: This bill would bring the legal rate of interest on judgments
in line with market rates.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This bill would add a new section 7-A to the
Banking Law, and amend section 5004 of the Civil Practice Law and Rules
to establish the interest rate paid on judgments at the weekly average
one year constant maturity treasury yield, capped at 9 percent. This is
the same standard used by the federal government.

JUSTIFICATION: This bill would provide for the legal rate of interest
on judgments to be linked to the prevailing market interest rate in lieu
of the current 9% fixed rate. The 9% rate has proven over the past twen-
ty five-years to over compensate plaintiffs to the detriment of defend-
ants. A floating rate reflective of the market interest rate is
employed. in many sister states and ensures that parties are neither
overcompensated in times of low inflation nor under compensated as is
the case during periods of significant inflation.

This bill would save money for New York consumers who have commercial
judgments entered against them by corporations and other business enti-
ties. Consumers already shoulder an inequitable burden under present
commercial lawsuit practices because, as noted by the New York State
Consumer Protection Board in 1979, consumers as a general group do not
bring suit or raise counterclaims or even appear to defend against
invalid lawsuits due to the costs of retaining an attorney coupled with
their frequent lack of knowledge regarding their rights.

The current 9% interest rate significantly adds to the consumers' cost
burden when they are confronted with a judgment against them. Reducing
the 9% interest rate to the prevailing market rate would reduce the
financial burden on such consumers.

Passage of this bill will also help reduce the burden imposed by an
overly generous tort system. Many of our sister states have enacted
comprehensive tort reform thereby attracting business development and
New York simply cannot afford to retain rules which result in windfall
recoveries in tort cases. In fact, based on the November 2009 figures
for New York civil jury verdicts as reported by New York Jury Verdict
Review & Analysis, the current interest on New York verdicts after 30
days from verdict is $9.8 million.

Using the current market interest rate would result in a savings of
approximately $9.5 million in New York's civil justice system. Such
further results in lower costs of both doing business and living in New

York. Moreover, the State alone would save $2.6 million under this bill;
and New York City would save $1.5 million

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12 - S. 3751 - Banks Committee/A. 9765 -
Judiciary Committee.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediate.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  3114

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 30, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  GRIFFO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Banks

AN ACT to amend the banking law and the civil practice law and rules, in
  relation to the rate of interest to be paid upon judgments and accrued
  claims

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  The banking law is amended by adding a new section 7-a to
read as follows:
  S 7-A. RATE OF INTEREST ON MONEY JUDGMENTS. UNLESS OTHERWISE  PROVIDED
BY  CONTRACT  OR ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW, THE INTEREST ON MONEY JUDG-
MENTS SHALL BE CALCULATED AT A RATE EQUAL TO THE WEEKLY AVERAGE ONE YEAR
CONSTANT MATURITY TREASURY YIELD, AS PUBLISHED BY THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS
OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM, FOR THE CALENDAR WEEK PRECEDING THE  DATE
OF  THE  ENTRY  OF THE JUDGMENT AWARDING DAMAGES, EXCEPT WHERE OTHERWISE
PROVIDED BY STATUTE. IN NO EVENT, HOWEVER, SHALL THE RATE OF INTEREST ON
ANY JUDGMENT OR ACCRUED CLAIM EXCEED NINE PER CENTUM PER ANNUM.
  S 2. Section 5004 of the civil practice law and rules, as  amended  by
chapter 258 of the laws of 1981, is amended to read as follows:
  S  5004.  Rate of interest. Interest shall be [at the rate of nine per
centum per annum] CALCULATED AT A RATE EQUAL TO THE WEEKLY  AVERAGE  ONE
YEAR  CONSTANT  MATURITY  TREASURY  YIELD,  AS PUBLISHED BY THE BOARD OF
GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM, FOR THE CALENDAR WEEK PRECEDING
THE DATE OF THE ENTRY OF THE JUDGMENT  AWARDING  DAMAGES,  except  where
otherwise  provided by statute.  IN NO EVENT, HOWEVER, SHALL THE RATE OF
INTEREST ON ANY JUDGMENT OR ACCRUED CLAIM EXCEED  NINE  PER  CENTUM  PER
ANNUM.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD08112-01-3

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