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Louis v. MTA Long Island Bus Co.

Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, Second Department
Oct 2, 2007
848 N.Y.S.2d 177 (N.Y. App. Div. 2007)

Opinion

No. 2006-08404.

October 2, 2007.

In an action to recover damages for personal injuries, the plaintiff appeals from an order of the Supreme Court, Nassau County (Jonas, J), dated August 14, 2006, which denied his motion to vacate the dismissal of the action pursuant to CPLR 3216 and to extend the time, in effect, to file a note of issue.

Mallilo Grossman, Flushing, N.Y. (Francesco Pomara, Jr., of counsel), for appellant.

Sciretta Venterina, LLP, Staten Island, N.Y. (Marilyn Venterina of counsel), for defendants third-party plaintiffs-respondents.

Bryan M. Rothenberg (Fiedelman McGaw, Jericho, N.Y.[James K. O'Sullivan] of counsel), for third-party defendants-respondents.

Before: Schmidt, J.P., Spolzino, Skelos, Lifson and McCarthy, JJ.


Ordered that the order is affirmed, with one bill of costs.

The certification order dated September 26, 2005 directing the plaintiff to file a note of issue within 90 days and warning that the action would be deemed dismissed without further order of the court if the plaintiff failed to comply with this directive had the same effect as a valid 90-day notice pursuant to CPLR 3216 ( see Hoffman v Kessler, 28 AD3d 718; Rezene v Williams, 22 AD3d 656; CS Realty, Inc. v Soloff, 22 AD3d 515). Since the plaintiff failed to timely comply with this directive or to move, before the default date, for an extension of time to comply, the action was properly dismissed pursuant to CPLR 3216 ( see CS Realty, Inc. v Soloff, 22 AD3d 515; Vinikour v Jamaica Hosp., 2 AD3d 518; Trust Co. of N.J. v Genser, 271 AD2d 524). To vacate the dismissal of the action pursuant to CPLR 3216, the plaintiff was required to demonstrate a reasonable excuse for his default and a meritorious cause of action ( see Bowman v Kusnick, 35 AD3d 643; Bokhari v Home Depot U.S.A., 4 AD3d 381, 382; Sustad v Karagiannis, 305 AD2d 664). The plaintiff failed to submit any medical evidence demonstrating that he sustained a serious injury within the meaning of Insurance Law § 5102 (d) as a result of the subject motor vehicle accident ( see Rezene v Williams, 22 AD3d 656; Sharpe v Osorio, 21 AD3d 467; Uddin v Mirza, 10 AD3d 722; LaMacchia v Rogers, 8 AD3d 346). Since the plaintiff failed to demonstrate a meritorious cause of action, the Supreme Court providently exercised its discretion in denying his motion.


Summaries of

Louis v. MTA Long Island Bus Co.

Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, Second Department
Oct 2, 2007
848 N.Y.S.2d 177 (N.Y. App. Div. 2007)
Case details for

Louis v. MTA Long Island Bus Co.

Case Details

Full title:GEORGE LOUIS, Appellant, v. MTA LONG ISLAND BUS CO. et al., Defendants and…

Court:Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, Second Department

Date published: Oct 2, 2007

Citations

848 N.Y.S.2d 177 (N.Y. App. Div. 2007)
848 N.Y.S.2d 177
2007 N.Y. Slip Op. 7410

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