CPLR 3101 Additional discovery of financial documents was neither material nor necessary

CPLR 3101(a)

Hatter v Myerson, 2014 NY Slip Op 00326 [2nd Dept. 2014]

Contrary to the appellant's contention, the Supreme Court providently exercised its discretion in concluding that the additional discovery of financial documents sought by the appellant was neither material nor necessary in the defense of the action (see CPLR 3101[a]; Constantino v Dock's Clam Bar & Pasta House, 60 AD3d 612).

Decision doesnt give anything in the way of facts, but it might prove useful as a cite.

Pecile v Titan Capital Group, LLC, 2014 NY Slip Op 00425 [1st Dept. 2014]


Regarding defendants' demand for access to plaintiffs' social media sites, they have failed to offer any proper basis for the disclosure, relying only on vague and generalized assertions that the information might contradict or conflict with plaintiffs' claims of emotional distress. Thus, the postings are not discoverable (see Tapp v New York State Urban Dev. Corp., 102 AD3d 620 [1st Dept 2013]).


Lastly, defendants correctly assert that prior criminal convictions and pleas of guilty are relevant and discoverable (CPLR 4513; see also Sansevere v United Parcel Serv., 181 AD2d 521 [*2][1st Dept 1992]). However, "[a] youthful offender adjudication is not a judgment of conviction for a crime or any other offense" (Criminal Procedure Law § 720.35[1]). Thus, defendants cannot compel disclosure of the details of a youthful offense, since that would "contravene[] the goals envisioned by the youthful offender policy" (State Farm Fire & Cas. Co. v Bongiorno, 237 AD2d 31, 36, [2d Dept 1997]; see also Auto Collection, Inc. v C.P., 93 AD3d 621, 622 [2d Dept 2012]). Nothing in the record suggests that the evidence sought would serve as collateral estoppel to the claim, or is relevant in some other manner that would serve as an exception to that general rule (see Green v Montgomery, 95 NY2d 693 [2001]).


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