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Delay?December 22, 2018

Sunrise Acupuncture PC v Global Liberty Ins. Co. of N.Y., 2018 NY Slip Op 51887(U)(App. Term 1st Dept. 2018)

“The trial court properly denied defendant-insurer’s belated attempt to invoke the primary jurisdiction of the Workers’ Compensation Board [WCB] in these consolidated first-party no-fault actions. Other than asserting the workers’ compensation statute as one of eighteen affirmative defenses in its respective May 2011 answers, defendant did not otherwise raise or pursue the workers’ compensation issue during the course of the litigation, and indeed, only raised the issue at trial, nearly seven years later. Under these particular circumstances, defendant “may not, at this belated juncture, invoke the primary jurisdiction of the WCB as a means of further delaying the litigation” (Sangare v Edwards, 91 AD3d 513, 515 [2012]; see Ovenseri v St. Barnabas Hosp., 94 AD3d 495 [2012];Bastidas v Epic Realty, LLC, 58 AD3d 776, 777 [2009]).

Defendant voluntarily adjourned this case for seven years?  Do you believe that?   The”winning” argument was not preserved on the trial  record.   The Bronx no-fault part is what does this, not any of the defendants.  When you have one judge hearing cases for 1.5 hours a day, this is the end result.

I am disappointed.

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