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MAURICE D. SADO v. SHIRLEY R. SADO (04/14/69)

SUPREME COURT OF NEW YORK, APPELLATE DIVISION, SECOND DEPARTMENT


April 14, 1969

MAURICE D. SADO, RESPONDENT,
v.
SHIRLEY R. SADO, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS EXECUTRIX OF EMANUEL SADO, DECEASED, ET AL., APPELLANTS

Brennan, Acting P. J., Hopkins, Benjamin, Munder and Martuscello, JJ., concur.

On this record, it is our opinion that plaintiff served and filed his note of issue and statement of readiness before defendants had a reasonable opportunity to conduct their pretrial discovery proceedings; and that it would be unfair to compel defendants to go to trial in this protracted, complicated dispute without a pretrial examination of plaintiff, particularly because plaintiff has had the benefit of pretrial examinations of defendants and their witness, covering a four-year period and resulting in almost 1,300 pages of testimony. Hence, plaintiff's note of issue and statement of readiness should be vacated and his motion to vacate defendants' notice to take his pretrial deposition should be denied. The appeals from the two orders dated October 17, 1968 and October 25, 1968, respectively, are academic. These orders were superseded or rendered inoperative by the order granting reargument. Therefore said appeals should be dismissed. The appeal from the order of November 14, 1968 has also become moot, because of our determination herewith that the note of issue and statement of readiness should be vacated; hence, the appeal from this order should likewise be dismissed. However, it should be noted that if we were not dismissing this appeal we would reverse that order and deny plaintiff's motion to vacate defendants' jury demand and to strike the case from the jury calendar, since we believe that defendants are entitled to a jury trial of the legal causes of action in the complaint (i.e., the 5th through 8th causes of action), in which event the entire case could be tried before a single Justice, with the legal causes of action tried to the jury and the equitable causes of action tried to the court without the jury (see Vinlis Constr. Co. v. Roreck, 23 A.D.2d 895; cf. Micro Precision Corp. v. Brochi, 4 A.D.2d 697; Feldman v. Sturm, 278 App. Div. 21).

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