Questioning on a matter ruled inadmissible and sanctions

Banks-Dalrymple v Chang, 2019 NY Slip Op 00367 [1st Dept. 2019]

Although the Court did not abuse its discretion in declaring a mistrial for defendant’s counsel’s violation of the court’s in limine ruling, we find that a curative instruction, together with a striking of the impermissible parts of the record, would have sufficed. Accordingly, having declared the mistrial, it was a proper exercise of the court’s discretion to sanction defendants’ counsel, for its prejudicial questioning of plaintiff on a matter ruled inadmissable (Rules of Chief Admin of Cts [22 NYCRR] § 130-1.1; Pickens v Castro, 55 AD3d 443, 444 [1st Dept 2008]). We, however, reduce the sanctions and direct that upon receipt of proof of payment to plaintiff’s experts, defendant’s counsel must reimburse plaintiff’s counsel within 10 days.

Obstfeld v Thermo Niton Analyzers, LLC, 2019 NY Slip Op 00609 [2d Dept. 2019]

Since the plaintiffs have raised arguments on this appeal that appear to be “completely without merit in law and cannot be supported by a reasonable argument for an extension, modification or reversal of existing law” (22 NYCRR 130-1.1[c][1]), the appeal may be frivolous (see Carbone v US Bank N.A., 156 AD3d 678, 680; Curet v DeKalb Realty, LLC, 127 AD3d 914, 916; Caplan v Tofel, 65 AD3d 1180, 1181-1182). Accordingly, we direct the submission of affirmations or affidavits on the issue of whether, and in what amount, costs or sanctions in connection with this appeal should or should not be imposed on the plaintiffs.

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