The complaint in this action was dismissed on or about July 6, 2001, after the plaintiffs failed to comply with an order directing them to file a note of issue by June 25, 2001. The plaintiffs' motion to vacate the dismissal of the complaint and to restore the action to active status was made almost eight years after the complaint was dismissed, and almost 11 years after the subject accident. In light of the inexcusable delay of nearly eight years in moving to vacate the dismissal of the complaint and the prejudice to the defendant caused by the delay, the plaintiffs' motion should have been denied pursuant to the doctrine of laches (see Rosenstrauss v Women's Imaging Ctr. of Orange County, 56 AD3d 454, 454-455; Lewis v New York City Tr. Auth., 38 AD3d 201).