3212 and (f)


Fook Cheung Lung Realty Corp. v Yang Tze Riv. Realty Corp., 2012 NY Slip Op 02793 (1st Dept., 2012)

J & A provided its insurer with notice of plaintiff's property damage claim within a reasonable time (see Great Canal Realty Corp. v Seneca Ins. Co., Inc., 5 NY3d 742, 743 [2005]). J & A made a prima facie showing on its motion through the affidavit of its vice president stating the date that J & A arrived at the construction site and the extent of its duties and denying knowledge of the property damage until J & A's receipt of an attorney's letter in May of 2007, coupled with the deposition testimony of plaintiff's president regarding the date he first noticed the damage, which was before J & A's arrival. QBE's claim in opposition that J & A had knowledge of the damage before May of 2007 failed to raise an issue of fact, as evidence of conversations between plaintiff's president and a representative of the general contractor working at the adjoining premises and of complaints to the Department of Buildings would not necessarily have put J & A on notice, and it is mere conjecture that J & A was in fact told by others [*2]of the damage. QBE's claimed need for discovery to oppose the motion reflected an ineffectual mere hope (see MAP Mar. Ltd. v China Constr. Bank Corp., 70 AD3d 404 [2010]). In view of the foregoing, we also find that the determination as to the duty to indemnify was not premature.

Taylor v One Bryant Park, LLC, 2012 NY Slip Op 02427 (1st Dept., 2012)

Although summary judgment is not warranted where "credible evidence reveals differing versions of the accident" (Ellerbe v Port Auth. of N.Y. & N.J., 91 AD3d 441, 442 [2012]), the evidence upon which defendants rely is neither credible, nor admissible. The workers' compensation C-2 report is not signed or authenticated, and it is not conclusively clear who created the report or where that person acquired the information (see Zuluaga v P.P.C. Const., LLC, 45 AD3d 479 [2007]). Assuming that the site medic listed on the report completed it, an affidavit from that same medic gives a different version of the accident from that listed on the C-2. The affidavit does not address the inconsistency, and is also not notarized. "While hearsay statements may be used to oppose a summary judgment motion, such evidence is insufficient to warrant a denial of the motion where [as here] it is the only evidence submitted in opposition" (see Rivera v GT Acquisition 1 Corp., 72 AD3d 525, 526 [2010]).

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