Motion Practice

Motion practice in New York litigation is governed by a variety of overlapping provisions, including those set forth in the New York Civil Practice Law and Rules (CPLR), “Uniform Rules”, local/judges’ rules, and case law. Section 202.7 of the Uniform Civil Rules for the Supreme and County Courts, titled “Calendaring of motions; uniform notice of…

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In Page v. Half Hollow Hills Central School District, 16-cv-4710, 2019 WL 764748, (E.D.N.Y. Feb. 20, 2019), the court, inter alia, granted defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim on the ground that plaintiff did not address that claim in his papers opposing the motion. Here, defendants sought summary judgment on…

Read More Hostile Work Environment Claim, Unaddressed in Summary Judgment Opposition, Deemed Abandoned
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In Vitti v Macy’s Inc., No. 152875/2018, 2018 WL 5787308, 2018 N.Y. Slip Op. 32809(U) (Sup Ct, New York County Nov. 05, 2018), the court granted defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s claims for disability discrimination and retaliation under the New York State and City Human Rights Laws. This case was not decided based on the merits,…

Read More Disability Discrimination & Retaliation Claims Dismissed on “Procedural” Grounds
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Today I appeared in Bronx Supreme Court on behalf of a plaintiff in a personal injury (trip-and-fall) case. The defendant had made a motion to strike the case from the trial calendar (due, in part, to its claim that plaintiff still owed it discovery) and to change the venue to another (less plaintiff-friendly) county. I was…

Read More New York Motion Practice: The “Affirmation of Good Faith” Requirement
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In Connolly v. 129 East 69th St. Corp., a personal injury trip-and-fall case, one defendant moved for summary judgment to dismiss plaintiff’s case. The Supreme Court granted the motion. The Appellate Division, however, reversed that decision, finding that the defendant filed its motion one day after the motion filing deadline: Supreme Court’s individual part rules…

Read More Summary Judgment Motion Filed One Day Late Deemed Untimely in Personal Injury Case
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In Quinones v. Cornell Univ, 2014 NY Slip Op 00882 [114 AD3d 472] (App. Div. 1st Dept. Feb. 11, 2014), the Appellate Division, First Department affirmed a decision by New York Supreme Court Judge Shlomo Hagler to disallow an untimely motion for summary judgment by defendant. Plaintiff sued Cornell alleging employment discrimination based upon national origin and…

Read More Employment Discrimination Defendant Denied Opportunity to File Untimely Summary Judgment Motion
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In Oborski v. Marjam Supply Co., Inc., Supreme Court, Kings County Judge Francois Rivera offered what can fairly be characterized as motion practice “tips” (which are, really, a reminder to follow the court’s rules when engaging in motion practice): As a preliminary matter the court will discuss the motion papers and the deficiencies contained therein.…

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