Venue CPLR 510, 511

Sowell v Gansburg, 2018 NY Slip Op 06958 [2d Dept. 2018]

The defendant moved pursuant to CPLR 510(2) and 511(a) to change the venue of the action from Kings County to New York County on the ground that an impartial trial could not be obtained in Kings County. The Supreme Court granted the defendant’s motion. The plaintiff appeals.

To obtain a change of venue pursuant to CPLR 510(2), a movant is required to produce admissible factual evidence demonstrating a strong possibility that an impartial trial cannot be obtained in the county where venue was properly placed (see Rutherford v Patel, 129 AD3d 933, 933-934; Pruitt v Patsalos, 96 AD3d 924Matter of Michiel, 48 AD3d 687, 687). A motion to change venue pursuant to CPLR 510(2) is addressed to the sound discretion of the trial court (see Milazzo v Long Is. Light. Co., 106 AD2d 495, 496), and its determination will not be disturbed absent an improvident exercise of discretion (see Lisa v Parikh, 131 AD3d 1135, 1136).

Under the particular circumstances of this case, the Supreme Court providently exercised its discretion in granting the defendant’s motion pursuant to CPLR 510(2) to change the venue of this action from Kings County to New York County in order to avoid any appearance of impropriety (see Lisa v Parikh, 131 AD3d at 1136; Rutherford v Patel, 129 AD3d at 934; Pruitt v Patsalos, 96 AD3d 924).

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