No Subsitute for SJ: CPLR R. 3212(a)

CPLR R. 3212(a)

Brewi-Bijoux v City of New York, 2010 NY Slip Op 04535 (App. Div., 2nd, 2010)

Initially, we note that while the defendants characterized their motion as one for in limine relief to dismiss the complaint for failure to establish a prima facie case, the record reveals that the motion actually was one for summary judgment. "[A] motion in limine is an inappropriate substitute for a motion for summary judgment" (Rondout Elec. v Dover Union Free School Dist., 304 AD2d 808, 810-811; see Rivera v City of New York, 306 AD2d 456, 457). Moreover, the Supreme Court improvidently exercised its discretion in considering this late motion since the defendants failed to offer any excuse for their failure to timely move for summary judgment (see CPLR 3212[a]; Brill v City of New York, 2 NY3d 648; Nobile v Town of Hempstead, 17 AD3d 647; Clermont v Hillsdale Indus., 6 AD3d 376, 377). Such failure warrants denial of the motion without consideration of the merits thereof (see Miceli v State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 3 NY3d 725; Brill v City of New York, 306 AD2d 456). Accordingly, we reinstate the complaint.

[Edit 6/4] found another one

West Broadway Funding Assoc. v Friedman, 2010 NY Slip Op 04781 (App. Div., 2nd, 2010)

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