Butler v Knights Collision Experts, Inc., 2018 NY Slip Op 06474 [1st Dept. 2018]
Plaintiffs failed to establish that defendants’ conduct during discovery was willful, contumacious or in bad faith (see Lee v 13th St. Entertainment LLC, 161 AD3d 631 [1st Dept 2018]; Palmenta v Columbia Univ., 266 AD2d 90 [1st Dept 1999). At the time the motion was made, defendants were in violation of a single court order. Moreover, the court improvidently exercised its discretion in imposing the sanction nine months after plaintiffs brought their motion, when discovery had been completed and the note of issue filed.