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An allegation of a staged accident will not result in the granting of an insurance carrier’s summary judgment motion

There have been numerous cases where the Appellate Term, Second Department, has refused to grant an insurance carrier summary judgment based upon proof that a motor vehicle accident was intentional.  So, the matter of A.B. Med. Servs., PLLC v Clarendon Natl. Ins. Co., 2009 NY Slip Op 52383(U)(App. Term 2d Dept. 2009), is really of limited precedential value.  I would normally not post a case like this except I like how the Appellate Term quoted the decision of the District Court, that it was modifying:

“The District Court denied plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment and granted defendant’s cross motion dismissing the complaint, on the ground that defendant had shown that'[t]his has all the indicia of a staged accident.’  The instant appeal by plaintiff ensued.”

“Upon a review of the record, we find that while defendant demonstrated that it possessed such “founded belief” so as to defeat plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment, it failed to submit sufficient evidence in admissible form, in support of its cross motion, to establish, as a matter of law, that the alleged injuries did not arise from an insured incident so as to warrant dismissal of the complaint.”