Fraudulent procurement and preclusuionMarch 18, 2014

Doctrinally, a fraudulent procurement defense should not be bound by the 30-day pay or deny rule.  This is so since the Appellate Division in Kaplun specifically held that an insurance carrier can seek recompense from an EIP for monies paid out due to this fraud and, therefore, the defense can be raised at an time.   Contrariwise, the Court instructed us in Cornell Medical that an unjust enrichment cannot lie if the defense is precludable.   GMAC was an aberrant act and the “preclusion” appeared to be more dicta than anything else.

Great Health Care Chiropractic, P.C. v Hanover Ins. Co., 2014 NY Slip Op 50359(U)

“With respect to defendant’s motion for summary judgment, although defendant contends that, in connection with the issuance of the insurance policy at issue, plaintiff’s assignor had misrepresented the state where the insured vehicle was garaged, defendant is precluded from asserting that defense in support of its motion and in opposition to plaintiff’s motion as it failed to establish that it had timely denied plaintiff’s claim on that ground (see Westchester Med. Ctr. v GMAC Ins. Co. Online, Inc., 80 AD3d 603 [2011]”