3212(a) prior to service of the answer

Ferrera v City of New York, 2018 NY Slip Op 05824 [2d Dept 2018]

To the extent the defendants sought to have their motion treated as one for summary judgment, because the defendants moved prior to service of their answer, their motion could not properly be considered as a motion for summary judgment (see CPLR 3212[a]), and the Supreme Court did not convert it to a motion for summary judgment (see CPLR 3211[c]). Thus, neither the plaintiff nor the City (which had cross-claimed against the defendants) was required to "lay[ ] bare their proof," and both were entitled to a reasonable opportunity to conduct discovery (Wesolowski v St. Francis Hosp., 108 AD3d 525, 526 [internal quotation marks omitted]).

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