Morrison
v.
Sam Snead Sch. of Golf of New York

Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, Second DepartmentJun 12, 1961
13 A.D.2d 986 (N.Y. App. Div. 1961)

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In a breach of contract action to recover unpaid salary and commissions, and for an accounting and other relief, in which a note of issue and statement of readiness had been filed and which is on the calendar awaiting trial, the defendant corporation appeals from an order of the Supreme Court, Nassau County, dated March 10, 1961, granting plaintiff's motion to examine it before trial. Order reversed, without costs, and motion denied. The plaintiff failed to show any facts warranting the granting of relief under paragraph (c) of subdivision (9) of the Statement of Readiness Rule of this court (see Rules App. Div. [2d Dept.], special rule, eff. Jan. 15, 1957, as amd.). Under this rule, when a plaintiff places a case upon the calendar by filing a note of issue and a statement of readiness without having taken the defendant's deposition, such action ordinarily constitutes a waiver of the plaintiff's right to take the deposition. It is only when unusual, unanticipated conditions develop thereafter that the court has discretion to depart from this interpretation of the rule. We find no such conditions in this case. The rule is intended to keep off the trial calendar all those cases which are not ready; and the rule prohibits any private understanding or arrangement between counsel for the purpose of avoiding it (cf. Price v. Brody, 7 A.D.2d 204; Aaron v. St. Peter's Hosp., 26 Misc.2d 515). Nolan, P.J., Beldock, Ughetta, Pette and Brennan, JJ., concur.