Francov.Ketterer

SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK Appellate Division, Second Judicial DepartmentJul 10, 2019
2019 N.Y. Slip Op. 5517 (N.Y. App. Div. 2019)

2018-05681

07-10-2019

Franklyn Franco, respondent, v. Arthur C. Ketterer, appellant.

Buratti, Rothenberg & Burns, Melville, NY (Scott R. Dinstell of counsel), for appellant. Pontisakos & Brandman, P.C. (Chirico Law, PLLC, Brooklyn, NY [Vincent Chirico], of counsel), for respondent.


REINALDO E. RIVERA JEFFREY A. COHEN SYLVIA O. HINDS-RADIX, JJ. (Index No. 14388/15)

Buratti, Rothenberg & Burns, Melville, NY (Scott R. Dinstell of counsel), for appellant.

Pontisakos & Brandman, P.C. (Chirico Law, PLLC, Brooklyn, NY [Vincent Chirico], of counsel), for respondent.

DECISION & ORDER

In an action to recover damages for personal injuries, the defendant appeals from an order of the Supreme Court, Queens County (Rudolph E. Greco, Jr.), dated March 22, 2018. The order denied a motion, purportedly made on behalf of the named defendant, Arthur C. Ketterer, to dismiss the complaint pursuant to CPLR 3211(a)(8), and granted the plaintiff's cross motion for leave to amend the caption to substitute the personal representative of the estate of Arthur C. Ketterer in place of Arthur C. Ketterer in this action.

ORDERED that the appeal is dismissed, without costs or disbursements, the order dated March 22, 2018, is vacated, and the complaint is dismissed.

The death of the named defendant, Arthur C. Ketterer, several months prior to the commencement of this action rendered the action a legal nullity from its inception (see Rivera v Bruchim, 103 AD3d 700, 700). Under these circumstances, the Supreme Court was without jurisdiction to entertain the underlying motion and cross motion, and the order dated March 22, 2018, must be vacated as a nullity. Likewise, the notice of appeal purportedly filed on behalf of Arthur C. Ketterer is a nullity and this Court has no jurisdiction to hear and determine the purported appeal (see Rivera v Bruchim, 103 AD3d at 700; Jordan v City of New York, 23 AD3d 436, 437).

Accordingly, we dismiss the appeal, vacate the order, and dismiss the complaint.

SCHEINKMAN, P.J., RIVERA, COHEN and HINDS-RADIX, JJ., concur. ENTER:

Aprilanne Agostino

Clerk of the Court