Judicial estoppel

Ferreira v Wyckoff Hgts. Med. Ctr., 2011 NY Slip Op 00641 (App. Div., 2nd 2011)

WHMC's contention that the doctrine of judicial estoppel barred the plaintiff from arguing at trial that the decedent was stillborn is without merit. The doctrine of judicial estoppel will [*2]be applied when a party has secured a judgment in his or her favor by adopting the prior position, and then has sought to assume a contrary position simply because his or her interests have changed (see Matter of One Beacon Ins. Co. v Espinoza, 37 AD3d 607; Matter of State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co. v Allston, 300 AD2d 669; Bono v Cucinella, 298 AD2d 483). Although the plaintiff previously argued that the decedent was born alive, the plaintiff never obtained a judgment in her favor by adopting that position. Therefore, judicial estoppel did not bar the plaintiff from arguing at trial that the decedent was stillborn.

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