a 90 day notice that wasnt

CPLR 3216

Kapnisakis v Woo, 2014 NY Slip Op 00967 [2nd Dept. 2014]

However, the defendants did not move to hold the plaintiff in default of those provisions. Moreover, the order dated August 6, 2010, was not a valid 90-day notice, since it directed the filing of a note of issue in less than 90 days (see Gladman v Messuri, 71 AD3d 827, 828). Therefore, the plaintiff's failure to file a note of issue was of no consequence.

On November 12, 2010, the action was marked "Disposed" by the clerk. Within one year, on November 10, 2011, the plaintiff moved, in effect, to restore the action to active status, and annexed to that motion his opposition papers to the defendants' motion for summary judgment. In the order appealed from, the Supreme Court denied the motion.

Since no note of issue was filed in this case, this action was not on the trial calendar, and CPLR 3404 did not apply (see Khaolaead v Leisure Video, 18 AD3d 820; Lopez v Imperial Delivery Serv., 282 AD2d 190). Accordingly, there was no basis for denying the motion to restore (see Hemberger v Jamaica Hosp., 306 AD2d 244).

The plaintiff was never adjudicated in default of the order dated August 6, 2010, and he has now complied with all binding provisions of that order, including filing papers in opposition to the defendants' motion for summary judgment. Under the particular circumstances of this case, including the current procedural posture of the action, a determination of the issues on the merits, in keeping with the strong public policy in favor of resolving cases on the merits, is warranted (see Bunch v Dollar Budget, Inc., 12 AD3d 391).

Emphasis mine.

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