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Shondel J. v. Mark D – Case Brief Summary (New York)

In Shondel J. v. Mark D. (7 NY3d 320, 326, 853 N.E.2d 610, 820 N.Y.S.2d 199 [2006]), the Court of Appeals noted that "paternity by estoppel is secured by this statute in New York" and is a law that "imposes the doctrine as a matter of fairness."

Writing for the majority, Justice Rosenblatt explained the purpose of "equitable estoppel is to prevent someone from enforcing rights that would work injustice on the person against whom enforcement is sought and who, while justifiably relying on the opposing party's actions, has been misled into a detrimental change of position" (Shondel J., 7 NY3d at 326).