Dani v 551 W. 21st St. Owner LLC, 2020 NY Slip Op 01456 [1st Dept. 2020]
The court providently exercised its discretion in denying defendants’ motion (see generally Veras Inv. Partners, LLC v Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, 52 AD3d 370, 373 [1st Dept 2008]). Defendants at this point have failed to satisfy the “threshold requirement” that the request was reasonably calculated to yield information that is “material and necessary” (Forman v Henkin, 30 NY3d 656, 661  [internal quotation marks omitted]). The affidavits submitted in support of the motion simply stated that plaintiff was holding his cell phone in his hand prior to the trip and fall accident, and that the cell phone was found near his body after the accident. As such, they were too speculative to warrant disclosure of plaintiff’s cell phone records (see Gough v Panorama Windows, Ltd., 133 AD3d 526 [1st Dept 2015]).