Dont’ get cute in the reply

Lee v Law Offs. of Kim & Bae, P.C., 2018 NY Slip Op 03516 [2d Dept. 2018]

The function of reply papers is to address arguments made in opposition to the position taken by the movant and not to permit the movant to introduce new arguments in support of, or new grounds or evidence for, the motion (see USAA Fed. Sav. Bank v Calvin, 145 AD3d 704, 706; Allstate Flooring Distribs., L.P. v MD Floors LLC, 131 AD3d 834, 836; Mikulski v Battaglia, 112 AD3d 1355, 1356; Matter of Allstate Ins. Co. v Dawkins, 52 AD3d 826, 827; Dannasch v Bifulco, 184 AD2d 415, 415). Here, the plaintiff's reply papers included new arguments in support of the motion, new grounds and evidence for the motion, and expressly requested relief that was dramatically unlike the relief sought in her original motion (see USAA Fed. Sav. Bank v Calvin, 145 AD3d at 706; Carter v Johnson, 110 AD3d 656, 658). Therefore, those contentions, and the grounds and evidence in support of them, were not properly before the Supreme Court (see USAA Fed. Sav. Bank v Calvin, 145 AD3d at 706; Mikulski v Battaglia, 112 AD3d at 1356).

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