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McMahan v. McMahan

NEW YORK SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT


May 28, 2009

ELENA MCMAHAN, PLAINTIFF-RESPONDENT,
v.
BRUCE MCMAHAN, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT,
ANDREW D. STONE, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.

Order, Supreme Court, New York County (Charles E. Ramos, J.), entered July 14, 2008, which, sua sponte, discontinued the action without prejudice, unanimously modified, on the law and the facts, to discontinue the action with prejudice as against defendant-appellant, and otherwise affirmed, without costs.

Published by New York State Law Reporting Bureau pursuant to Judiciary Law § 431.

This opinion is uncorrected and subject to revision before publication in the Official Reports.

Gonzalez, P.J., Mazzarelli, Buckley, Renwick, Abdus-Salaam, JJ.

114668/07

As against appellant, the action should not have been discontinued without prejudice where plaintiff's notice of discontinuance was untimely under CPLR 3217(a) (see Citidress II Corp. v Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, 59 AD3d 210, 211 [2009]), and was apparently served in order to avoid an adverse decision on a pending motion to dismiss the complaint with prejudice and to enable plaintiff to raise the claims she makes herein in another pending action (see NBN Broadcasting v Sheridan Broadcasting Networks, 240 AD2d 319 [1997]). The foregoing renders academic appellant's claim that the motion court should have granted its motion to dismiss the complaint on default (see 176-60 Union Turnpike v Howard Beach Fitness Ctr., 271 AD2d 327, 328 [2000]).

THIS CONSTITUTES THE DECISION AND ORDER OF THE SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT.

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