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First Judicial District Assigns All Securities Act of 1933 Matters to Hon. Andrew Borrok

On December 30, 2021, Administrative Judge Deborah A. Kaplan of the First Judicial District announced that, for judicial economy, any pending actions or future actions commenced pursuant to The Securities Act of 1933 (15 U.S.C. § 77a et seq) shall be assigned to the Hon. Andrew Borrok of the New York County Commercial Division.  These types of cases, by their nature, are typically assigned to the Commercial Division when filed in state court.  Although similar consolidation orders have been issued in the Commercial Division in the past—for example, all new residential-mortgage-backed-securities cases were consolidated in Part 60 for a period of time—this appears to be the first time that all cases involving a particular statute have been consolidated before a single Commercial Division justice.  In order to effectuate the consolidation, when e-filing a new Securities Act of 1933 matter, practitioners should select “Securities Act of 1933” as the case type from the “Other Commercial” drop-down menu.  For pending Securities Act of 1933 cases, practitioners should e-file for Judicial Intervention.  When prompted with the question “Will the ‘Nature of the Action’ stay as . . .”, “No” should be selected and the case action type should be updated to “Securities Act of 1933.”