Conditional discovery order vacated upon showing of law office failureOctober 27, 2013

Elite Med. NY, P.C. v American Tr. Ins. Co., 2013 NY Slip Op 51738(U)(App. Term 2d Dept.2013)

“Contrary to plaintiff’s argument, defendant offered a reasonable excuse of law office failure for its three-week delay in complying with the directives of the conditional discovery order (see Rothman v Westfield Group, 101 AD3d 703 [2012]; Goldsmith Motors Corp. v Chemical Bank, 300 AD2d 440 [2002]; see also Trimed Med. Supply, Inc. v American Tr. Ins. Co., 33 Misc 3d 131[A], 2011 NY Slip Op 51880[U] [App Term, 2d, 11th & 13th Jud Dists 2011]; Terra Chiropractic, P.C. v Hertz Claim Mgt. Corp., 29 Misc 3d 127[A], 2010 NY Slip Op 51722[U] [App Term, 2d, 11th & 13th Jud Dists 2010]). Defendant also demonstrated meritorious defenses to the action. Accordingly, the Civil Court did not improvidently exercise its discretion in declining to preclude defendant from presenting its evidence.”

Blown discovery stipulation/order granting conditional preclusion relief defeated upon showing of law office failure.

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