Remittitur

Reilly v Achitoff, 2018 NY Slip Op 02818 [2d Dept. 2018]

" A trial court, upon remittitur, lacks the power to deviate from the mandate of the higher court'" (Berry v Williams, 106 AD3d 935, 937, quoting Matter of Trager v Kampe, 16 AD3d 426, 427; see Glassman v ProHealth Ambulatory Surgery Ctr., Inc., 96 AD3d 799, 800; Wiener v Wiener, 10 AD3d 362, 36). Accordingly, an order or judgment entered on remittitur " must conform strictly to the remittitur'" (Glassman v ProHealth Ambulatory Surgery Ctr., Inc., 96 AD3d at 800, quoting Matter of Minister, Elders & Deacons of Refm. Protestant Dutch Church of City of N.Y. v Municipal Ct. of City of N.Y., Borough of Manhattan, 185 Misc 1003, 1007 [Sup Ct, NY County]; see Berry v Williams, 106 AD3d at 937). "If the remittitur is erroneous in any respect, or if there is any uncertainty as to the effect of the language employed, the appropriate remedy is an application to amend it" (Wiener v Wiener, 10 AD3d at 363; see CPLR 5524; Matter of Minister, Elders & Deacons of Refm. Protestant Dutch Church of City of N.Y. v Municipal Ct. of City of N.Y., Borough of Manhattan, 185 Misc at 1006).

Contrary to the defendant's contention, the Supreme Court correctly adhered to the terms of this Court's remittitur in this matter (see Glassman v ProHealth Ambulatory Surgery Ctr., Inc., 96 AD3d at 800-801).

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