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A.B. Med. Servs., PLLC v American Tr. Ins. Co., 2012 NY Slip Op 50076(U)(App. Term 2d Dept. 2012)

This case in many ways represents the shuffelling of too many papers.  There is an interesting take from this case:

“The District Court granted leave to renew based on plaintiffs’ purported “new facts.” However, the “new facts” offered in support of renewal were in the form of a letter from plaintiffs’ counsel to the Board, requesting that the Board schedule a hearing pursuant to the District Court’s July 21, 2008 order, and a letter from the Board’s General Counsel to plaintiffs’ counsel which was not responsive to plaintiffs’ counsel’s letter, did not refer to the instant case, and, in fact, referred to a different letter from plaintiffs’ counsel. There was nothing in plaintiffs’ submissions to indicate any personal knowledge that a proper application for workers’ compensation benefits had been made by plaintiffs’ assignor, or that the Board had actually rejected such application. Accordingly, leave to renew should have been denied, and the District Court improvidently exercised its discretion in granting plaintiffs’ motion.”

Perhaps this is nothing earth shattering.  But, what I find interesting is that the Court has now laid out a road map of what is necessary to comply with the “prompt application” requirement that the Appellate Term has laid out.