CPLR 3404 and a pure question of law

Thompkins v Ortiz, 2018 NY Slip Op 06503 [1st Dept. 2018]

Plaintiff challenges the applicability of CPLR 3404, on which the motion court apparently relied in denying her motion to restore the case to the calendar, for the first time on appeal. Since it is a legal argument that appears on the face of the record and could not have been avoided if brought to defendant’s attention at the proper juncture, we will review it (see Chateau d’If Corp. v City of New York, 219 AD2d 205, 209 [1st Dept 1996], lv denied 88 NY2d 811 [1996]).

The order that marked the case off the calendar directed plaintiff to provide additional discovery. It thus effectively vacated the note of issue and returned the case to pre-note of issue status (see Matos v City of New York, 154 AD3d 532[1st Dept 2017]). As CPLR 3404 does not apply to cases in which either no note of issue has been filed or the note of issue has been vacated (Turner v City of New York, 147 AD3d 597 [1st Dept 2017]), it does not apply to this case.

1625 Mkt. Corp. v 49 Farm Mkt., Inc., 2018 NY Slip Op 06498 [1st Dept. 2018]

Defendant’s argument, raised for the first time on appeal, that plaintiff’s counsel violated Rules of Professional Conduct (22 NYCRR 1200.0) rule 4.2(a) (“Communication with person represented by counsel”) does not pose a pure question of law, and will not be considered (see Gonzalez v New York City Health & Hosps. Corp., 29 AD3d 369, 370 [1st Dept 2006]).

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