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Plumbing v. Citnalta Constr. Corp.

Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York
Feb 13, 2020
2020 N.Y. Slip Op. 1016 (N.Y. App. Div. 2020)

Opinion

107725/11 8970 11018N

02-13-2020

Franco Belli Plumbing & Heating & Sons, Inc., Plaintiff-Respondent, v. Citnalta Construction Corp., et al., Defendants-Appellants, New York City School Construction Authority, Defendant. The Surety & Fidelity Association of America, Amicus Curiae.

The Law Office of Thomas D. Czik, Glen Cove (Thomas D. Czik of counsel), for appellants. Terrence O'Connor, P.C., Bronx (Terrence O'Connor of counsel), for respondent. Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC, New York (Armen Shahinian of counsel), for amicus curiae.


The Law Office of Thomas D. Czik, Glen Cove (Thomas D. Czik of counsel), for appellants.

Terrence O'Connor, P.C., Bronx (Terrence O'Connor of counsel), for respondent.

Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC, New York (Armen Shahinian of counsel), for amicus curiae.

Order, Supreme Court, New York County (Eileen Bransten, J.), entered November 30, 2018, after a nonjury trial, which, to the extent appealed from as limited by the briefs, found in plaintiff's favor on its claims for onsite overtime premium, extra foremen, rerouting waste lines, withheld retainage, and costs of a bond, and declared that plaintiff is entitled to attorneys' fees pursuant to State Finance Law § 137(4)(c), unanimously modified, on the facts, to delete the declaration that plaintiff is entitled to attorneys' fees, and otherwise affirmed, without costs.

There is no basis for disturbing the trial court's extensive and detailed findings of fact as to plaintiff's claims for onsite overtime premium, extra foremen, rerouting waste lines, withheld retainage, and costs of a bond (see Horsford v Bacott, 32 AD3d 310, 312 [1st Dept 2006]], affd 8 NY3d 874 [2007]). However, the court improvidently exercised its discretion in awarding plaintiff attorneys' fees pursuant to State Finance Law § 137(4)(c). We find, "upon reviewing the entire record," that it does not appear that the defense was "without substantial basis in fact or law" (id.).

M-8970 - Franco Belli Plumbing & Heating & Sons , Inc. v Citnalta Constr. Corp.

Motion to strike a portion of reply brief denied.

THIS CONSTITUTES THE DECISION AND ORDER OF THE SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT.

ENTERED: FEBRUARY 13, 2020

CLERK


Summaries of

Plumbing v. Citnalta Constr. Corp.

Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York
Feb 13, 2020
2020 N.Y. Slip Op. 1016 (N.Y. App. Div. 2020)
Case details for

Plumbing v. Citnalta Constr. Corp.

Case Details

Full title:Franco Belli Plumbing & Heating & Sons, Inc., Plaintiff-Respondent, v.…

Court:Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York

Date published: Feb 13, 2020

Citations

2020 N.Y. Slip Op. 1016 (N.Y. App. Div. 2020)