An application that shouldn’t have been denied

Verdi v Ho, 2010 NY Slip Op 02548 (App. Div., 2nd, 2010)

A week prior to the scheduled trial date of this action, the plaintiffs discovered that their medical expert had elected not to testify at trial. Accordingly, the plaintiffs' attorney, in effect, made an application for a continuance in order to obtain a new expert. In response, the defendants' counsel made an application to dismiss the amended complaint. By order dated November 3, 2008, the Supreme Court denied the plaintiffs' application and granted the defendants' application, dismissing the amended complaint with prejudice. Upon reargument, by order dated June 11, 2009, the Supreme Court, inter alia, adhered to so much of its original determination as granted the defendants' application to dismiss the amended complaint. We reverse the order dated June 11, 2009, insofar as appealed from.

"Although an application for a continuance is addressed to the sound discretion of the trial [*2]court, it is an improvident exercise of discretion to deny a continuance where the application is properly made, is not made for the purpose of delay, the evidence is material, and the need for a continuance did not result from the failure to exercise due diligence" (Mura v Gordon, 252 AD2d 485, 485; see Notrica v North Hills Holding Co., LLC, 43 AD3d 1119, 1120; Romero v City of New York, 260 AD2d 461). Balancing the appropriate factors, the Supreme Court improvidently exercised its discretion in, in effect, denying the plaintiffs' application, in effect, for a continuance and in granting the defendants' application to dismiss the amended complaint.

The bold is mine.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s