In New York Telephone Company v Travelers Casualty and Surety Company of America (280 AD2d 268 [1st Dept 2001]), the Court again held that the insured's forwarding of the complaint in the underlying personal injury action to the insurer was sufficient notice to the insurer of possible claims against the additional insureds.Summary of this case from Empire Surplus Lines Insu. Co. v. Mut. Insu. Co.
February 2, 2001.
Order, Supreme Court, Bronx County (Barry Salman, J.), entered April 13, 2000, which, inter alia, granted the motion of plaintiff New York Telephone Company for summary judgment, declaring that, as an additional insured under defendant-appellant Time Warner's commercial general liability policy, plaintiff is entitled to be defended and, if necessary, indemnified by Time Warner's insurer, defendant Travelers Casualty and Surety Company of America, in the underlying personal injury action, unanimously affirmed, with costs.
Nancy Ledy-Gurren for plaintiff-respondent.
Harry Steinberg for defendants-appellants.
Before: Rosenberger, J.P., Nardelli, Ellerin, Saxe, Friedman, JJ.
Time Warner's forwarding of the summons and complaint in the underlying personal injury action to its carrier Travelers constituted timely notice to Travelers of the occurrence involving New York Telephone, an additional insured under the Travelers policy issued to Time Warner and the only insured party under that policy against whom the summons and complaint had been served (cf., Delco Steel Fabricators, Inc. v. Am. Home Assurance Co., 40 A.D.2d 647, affd 3 1 N.Y.2d 1014). Inasmuch as Time Warner's interests were not adverse to those of New York Telephone at the time the summons and complaint were forwarded to Travelers, the notice provided by Time Warner's forwarding of the summons and complaint sufficed to defeat the carrier's affirmative defense of late notice (see, Rose v. State of New York, 265 A.D.2d 473; Natl. Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh v. Ins. Co. of N. Am., 188 A.D.2d 259, lv denied 81 N.Y.2d 709).
THIS CONSTITUTES THE DECISION AND ORDER OF SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT.