CPLR R: 3212 Multiple Summary Judgment Motions Allowed in Some Circumstances

CPLR R. 3212

North Fork Preserve, Inc. v Kaplan
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2009 NY Slip Op 09006 (App. Div., 2nd, 2009)

After extensive discovery, the defendants moved for summary judgment dismissing the remaining claims in the amended complaint. Although the defendants had made two previous motions for summary judgment, the third motion did not violate the general proscription against successive motions for summary judgment since it was based on deposition testimony and numerous documents that had been elicited after the prior motions were denied (see Auffermann v Distl, 56 AD3d 502; Kobre v United Jewish Appeal-Fedn. of Jewish Philanthropies of N.Y., Inc., 32 AD3d 218; Staib v City of New York, 289 AD2d 560).

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Finally, the Supreme Court providently exercised its discretion in denying that branch of the plaintiffs' motion which was for leave to renew their opposition to the defendants' motion for summary judgment, since the alleged new evidence was improperly submitted for the first time in the plaintiffs' reply papers (see GJF Constr. Corp. v Cosmopolitan Decorating Co. Inc., 35 AD3d 535; Adler v Suffolk County Water Auth., 306 AD2d 229). In any event, the plaintiffs did not offer a reasonable justification for their failure to present this evidence on the prior motion (see CPLR 2221[e]; Williams v Nassau County Med. Ctr., 37 AD3d 594).


Alexandru v Pappas, 2009 NY Slip Op 08978 (App. Div., 2nd, 2009)

However, to the extent that the plaintiff's motion sought to compel the defendants to specifically perform their obligations under the stipulations of settlement, which is the ultimate relief sought in the action, that branch of the motion was, in effect, for summary judgment, which procedurally could not be granted, as issue had yet to be joined (see CPLR 3212[a]). Thus, that branch of the motion was properly denied.

Compare Alexandru with Roche v Claverack Coop. Ins. Co., 2009 NY Slip Op 01390 (App. Div., 3d, 2009) (Treating defendant's SJ motion as if issue had been joined).

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