Vandermastv.New York City Tr. Auth

Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, Second DepartmentMar 30, 2010
71 A.D.3d 1127 (N.Y. App. Div. 2010)
71 A.D.3d 1127896 N.Y.S.2d 9102010 N.Y. Slip Op. 2776

No. 2009-06157.

March 30, 2010.

In an action to recover damages for personal injuries, the plaintiff appeals from an order of the Supreme Court, Kings County (Miller, J.), dated May 21, 2009, which granted that branch of the defendants' cross motion which was to dismiss the complaint for failure to serve a timely notice of claim, and denied, as academic, her motion, in effect, pursuant to CPLR 3126 to strike the defendants' answer or, in the alternative, to compel certain discovery.

Block O'Toole Murphy (Pollack, Pollack, Isaac De Cicco, New York, N.Y. [Brian J. Isaac], of counsel), for appellant.

Wallace D. Gossett, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Lawrence Heisler of counsel), for respondent.

Before: Fisher, J.P., Covello, Lott and Sgroi, JJ., concur.


Ordered that the order is affirmed, with costs.

The Supreme Court properly rejected the plaintiffs equitable estoppel claim. Estoppel against a municipal defendant will lie only when the municipal defendant's conduct was calculated to, or negligently did, mislead or discourage a party from serving a timely notice of claim and when that conduct was justifiably relied upon by that party ( see Bender v New York City Health Hosps. Corp., 38 NY2d 662, 668; Wade v New York City Health Hosps. Corp., 16 AD3d 677). The plaintiff failed to demonstrate that the defendants engaged in any misleading conduct that would support a finding of estoppel.

Accordingly, the Supreme Court properly granted that branch of the defendants' cross motion which was to dismiss the complaint, and properly denied, as academic, the plaintiffs motion, in effect, pursuant to CPLR 3126 to strike the defendants' answer or, in the alternative, to compel certain discovery ( cf. Commack Roller Rink v Commack Arena Mktg., 154 AD2d 327, 329). [Prior Case History: 23 Misc 3d 1129(A), 2009 NY Slip Op 51004(U).]