CPLR R. 3212(b)

CPLR R. 3212 Motion for summary judgment

Lima v NAB Constr. Corp., 2009 NY Slip Op 00653 (App. Div., 2d)

While the Supreme Court has the power to award summary judgment to a
nonmoving party, predicated upon a motion for that relief by another
party (see Dunham v Hilco Constr. Co., 89 NY2d 425, 429-430), it
may not search the record and award summary judgment on a cause of
action if no party has moved for it
(see State Farm Fire & Cas. Co. v Browne, 12 AD3d 361, 362; City Wide Payroll Serv. v Israel Discount Bank of N.Y., 239
AD2d 537, 538). Here, the record indicates that NAB did not move for
summary judgment on its cross claim against Tower for indemnification.
Therefore, the court should not have awarded relief on that cause of
action (see State Farm Fire & Cas. Co. v Brawne, 12 AD3d at 362; City Wide Payroll Serv. v Israel Discount Bank of N.Y., 239 AD2d at 538).

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