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Robert C. Oakes and Janice L. Oakes v. Bieler Enterprises

SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK Appellate Division, Fourth Judicial Department


April 29, 2011

ROBERT C. OAKES AND JANICE L. OAKES,
PLAINTIFFS-APPELLANTS-RESPONDENTS,
v.
BIELER ENTERPRISES, INC.,
DEFENDANT-RESPONDENT-APPELLANT.

Appeal and cross appeal from an order and judgment (one paper) of the Supreme Court, Oswego County (James W. McCarthy, J.), entered August 3, 2010.

Oakes v Bieler Enters., Inc.

Appellate Division, Fourth Department

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.

Decided on April 29, 2011

PRESENT: SCUDDER, P.J., CENTRA, CARNI, SCONIERS, AND GREEN, JJ.

The order and judgment awarded plaintiffs money damages upon an inquest.

It is hereby ORDERED that the order and judgment so appealed from is unanimously affirmed without costs.

Memorandum:

We affirm for reasons stated in the decision at Supreme Court. We add only that, contrary to defendant's contention, the court did not abuse its discretion in permitting the licensed real estate broker called by plaintiffs to testify as an expert with respect to the damages sustained by them based on the loss of use of their property (see generally Steinbuch v Stern, 2 AD3d 709, 710). Further, we note that the court did not err in assessing those damages based upon the testimony of plaintiffs' expert, which was not challenged by any opposing expert testimony presented by defendant (see Matter of Lawrence v 5 Harrison Assoc., 295 AD2d 131, 132).

Entered: April 29, 2011

Patricia L. Morgan Clerk of the Court

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