On March 28, Judge George Daniels of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York granted in part and denied in part Bank of New York Mellon’s motion to dismiss an action brought by BlackRock. BlackRock, as a holder in numerous trusts for which BNY Mellon serves as trustee, alleges that BNY Mellon failed to (i) provide notice of breaches of seller representations and warranties, (ii) enforce seller repurchase obligations, (iii) provide notice of events of default, and (iv) act prudently upon learning of events of default. The court exercised supplemental jurisdiction over state law claims concerning 243 trusts, holding that the claims arise out of the same operative facts as those of the federal claims concerning 17 other trusts. The court permitted BlackRock’s breach of contract claims to proceed, but dismissed fiduciary duty claims as duplicative of the contract claims. Judge Daniels also dismissed Trust Indenture Act claims in light of the Second Circuit’s holding that the TIA does not apply to the trusts like those at issue, and dismissed negligence and conflict of interest claims for failure to adequately state a claim. Decision.