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Diaz v. City of N.Y.

Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department, New York.
May 14, 2014
117 A.D.3d 777 (N.Y. App. Div. 2014)

Opinion

2014-05-14

George DIAZ, et al., appellants, v. CITY OF NEW YORK, et al., defendants, Verizon New York, Inc., respondent.

Law Office of Yana Rubin, LLC, New York, N.Y., for appellants. Krez & Flores, LLP, New York, N.Y. (Edwin H. Knauer of counsel), for respondent.



Law Office of Yana Rubin, LLC, New York, N.Y., for appellants. Krez & Flores, LLP, New York, N.Y. (Edwin H. Knauer of counsel), for respondent.
WILLIAM F. MASTRO, J.P., L. PRISCILLA HALL, PLUMMER E. LOTT, LEONARD B. AUSTIN, and COLLEEN D. DUFFY, JJ.

In an action to recover damages for personal injuries, etc., the plaintiffs appeal from so much of an order of the Supreme Court, Kings County (Ash, J.), dated October 5, 2012, as denied that branch of their motion which was pursuant to CPLR 3124 to compel the defendant Verizon New York, Inc., to respond to their notice for discovery and inspection of material spanning a period of 10 years prior to the date of the subject accident.

ORDERED that the order is affirmed insofar as appealed from, with costs.

CPLR 3101(a) provides that “[t]here shall be full disclosure of all matter material and necessary in the prosecution or defense of an action, regardless of the burden of proof.” However, unlimited disclosure is not mandated, and the court may deny, limit, condition, or regulate the use of any disclosure device to prevent unreasonable annoyance, expense, embarrassment, disadvantage, or other prejudice to any person or the courts ( seeCPLR 3103[a]; Montalvo v. CVS Pharm., Inc., 102 A.D.3d 842, 843, 958 N.Y.S.2d 459;County of Suffolk v. Long Is. Power Auth., 100 A.D.3d 944, 946, 954 N.Y.S.2d 619;Accent Collections, Inc. v. Cappelli Enters., Inc., 84 A.D.3d 1283, 924 N.Y.S.2d 545). “The supervision of disclosure and the setting of reasonable terms and conditions therefor rests within the sound discretion of the trial court and, absent an improvident exercise of that discretion, its determination will not be disturbed” ( Mattocks v. White Motor Corp., 258 A.D.2d 628, 629, 685 N.Y.S.2d 764 [citation omitted]; see Jet One Group, Inc. v. Halcyon Jet Holdings, Inc., 111 A.D.3d 890, 891, 976 N.Y.S.2d 128;Gilman & Ciocia, Inc. v. Walsh, 45 A.D.3d 531, 845 N.Y.S.2d 124).

The plaintiffs' notice for discovery and inspection was palpably improper in that it sought, inter alia, irrelevant information, or was overbroad and burdensome. Accordingly, the Supreme Court providently exercised its discretion in denying that branch of the plaintiffs' motion which was pursuant to CPLR 3124 to compel the defendant Verizon New York, Inc., to respond to their notice for discovery and inspection of material spanning a period of 10 years prior to the date of the subject accident ( see Jones v. LeFrance Leasing L.P., 81 A.D.3d 900, 903, 917 N.Y.S.2d 261;Hualde v. Otis El. Co., 235 A.D.2d 269, 270, 652 N.Y.S.2d 38).


Summaries of

Diaz v. City of N.Y.

Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department, New York.
May 14, 2014
117 A.D.3d 777 (N.Y. App. Div. 2014)
Case details for

Diaz v. City of N.Y.

Case Details

Full title:George DIAZ, et al., appellants, v. CITY OF NEW YORK, et al., defendants…

Court:Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department, New York.

Date published: May 14, 2014

Citations

117 A.D.3d 777 (N.Y. App. Div. 2014)
117 A.D.3d 777
2014 N.Y. Slip Op. 3476

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