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Ofulue v. Port Authority of N.Y. and N.J

Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, Second Department
Jul 7, 2003
307 A.D.2d 258 (N.Y. App. Div. 2003)

Opinion

2002-07508

Submitted June 12, 2003.

July 7, 2003.

In an action to recover damages for personal injuries, the defendant Port Authority of New York and New Jersey appeals from an order of the Supreme Court, Kings County (Garry, J.), dated July 9, 2002, which denied its motion pursuant to CPLR 3211(a)(2) to dismiss the complaint insofar as asserted against it.

Milton H. Pachter, New York, N.Y. (Angela M. Calamia and Carlene V. McIntyre of counsel), for appellant.

Singer, Block Matles, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Erik M. Roth of counsel), for respondent.

Before: SANDRA J. FEUERSTEIN, J.P., GABRIEL M. KRAUSMAN, GLORIA GOLDSTEIN, REINALDO E. RIVERA, JJ.


DECISION ORDER

ORDERED that the order is reversed, on the law, with costs, the motion is granted, the complaint is dismissed insofar as asserted against the defendant Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and the action against the remaining defendant is severed.

On November 7, 2000, the plaintiff allegedly was injured when he slipped and fell in a restroom at 5 World Trade Center which was owned by the defendant Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (hereinafter the Port Authority). On September 5, 2001, the plaintiff filed a notice of claim with the Port Authority, and then on October 12, 2001, filed a summons and complaint in Kings County. The Port Authority was served with the summons and complaint on November 5, 2001.

Unconsolidated Laws of N.Y. § 7107 provides that in order to bring an action to recover damages for personal injuries against the Port Authority, a plaintiff must file a notice of claim at least 60 days before commencing an action. Since 1992, commencement of an action has been accomplished by filing the summons and complaint with the county clerk ( see CPLR 304). Here, the plaintiff commenced this action on October 12, 2001, less than 60 days after he filed his notice of claim. Accordingly, the plaintiff failed to satisfy the condition precedent to bringing an action against the Port Authority as required by section 7107, and therefore, the Supreme Court had no subject matter jurisdiction ( see Lyons v. Port Auth. of N.Y. N.J., 228 A.D.2d 250; Lumbermans Mut. Cas. Co. v. Port Auth. of N.Y. N.J., 137 A.D.2d 796; Giannone v. Port Auth. of N.Y. N.J., 127 A.D.2d 818). Consequently, the motion of the Port Authority to dismiss the complaint insofar as asserted against it should have been granted.

FEUERSTEIN, J.P., KRAUSMAN, GOLDSTEIN and RIVERA, JJ., concur.


Summaries of

Ofulue v. Port Authority of N.Y. and N.J

Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, Second Department
Jul 7, 2003
307 A.D.2d 258 (N.Y. App. Div. 2003)
Case details for

Ofulue v. Port Authority of N.Y. and N.J

Case Details

Full title:EMANUEL OFULUE, respondent, v. PORT AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY…

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

Date published: Jul 7, 2003

Citations

307 A.D.2d 258 (N.Y. App. Div. 2003)
761 N.Y.S.2d 685

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