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VENTURES INTERNATIONAL v. TOR ARNE UPPSTROM (10/23/90)

SUPREME COURT OF NEW YORK, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT


October 23, 1990

VENTURES INTERNATIONAL, PLAINTIFF-RESPONDENT,
v.
TOR ARNE UPPSTROM, DEFENDANT AND THIRD-PARTY PLAINTIFF-RESPONDENT, V. BERNARD E. HODES, THIRD-PARTY DEFENDANT-RESPONDENT. (ACTION NO. 1.); GALLERI BELLMAN, INC., VENTURES INTERNATIONAL AND BERNARD E. HODES, DERIVATIVELY ON BEHALF OF GALLERI BELLMAN, INC., PLAINTIFFS-RESPONDENTS, V. GALLERI BELLMAN, INC., NOMINAL DEFENDANT, AND CONTINENTAL CASUALTY COMPANY, DEFENDANT AND THIRD-PARTY PLAINTIFF-APPELLANT. TOR ARNE UPPSTROM, THIRD-PARTY DEFENDANT-RESPONDENT. (ACTION NO. 2.)

Order, Supreme Court, New York County (William J. Davis, J.), entered July 13, 1989, which denied the motion of defendant and third-party plaintiff Continental Casualty Company for an order pursuant to CPLR 602 (a) directing a joint trial of the above-captioned actions, is unanimously affirmed, without costs.

Concur -- Kupferman, J. P., Asch, Smith and Rubin, JJ.

A motion to try the actions jointly is one directed to the sound discretion of the trial court. (Inspiration Enters. v Inland Credit Corp., 54 A.D.2d 839, 840, appeal dismissed 40 N.Y.2d 1014.) While this court may substitute its discretion for that of the trial court and grant consolidation in the interest of justice and judicial economy (Heck v Waldbaum's Supermarkets, 134 A.D.2d 568, 569), the present case does not warrant such relief. While both actions arose out of Uppstrom's transportation of certain works of art belonging to Galleri Bellman, Inc. to Europe, the actions present different questions of law and fact. Further, it is apparent that the parties to action No. 1, having stipulated, in essence, to discontinuance of that action with prejudice in March 1990, no longer wish to litigate the issues raised therein. A motion to consolidate action No. 1 with action No. 2 by a nonparty to action No. 1 is not a proper method in which to resuscitate action No. 1.

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