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The Padded Wagon, Inc., Plaintiff-Appellant v. Associates Commercial Corporation

New York Supreme and/or Appellate Courts Appellate Division, First Department


February 2, 2012

THE PADDED WAGON, INC., PLAINTIFF-APPELLANT,
v.
ASSOCIATES COMMERCIAL CORPORATION, ET AL., DEFENDANTS, CITICAPITAL COMMERCIAL CORPORATION, DEFENDANT-RESPONDENT. CITICAPITAL COMMERCIAL CORPORATION, COUNTERCLAIM-PLAINTIFF-RESPONDENT,
v.
THE PADDED WAGON, INC., ET AL., COUNTERCLAIM-DEFENDANTS-APPELLANTS.

New York Supreme and/or Appellate Courts 2012_00731.htm

Padded Wagon, Inc. v Associates Commercial Corp.

Decided on February 2, 2012

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.

Mazzarelli, J.P., Catterson, Renwick, Roman, JJ.

Order, Supreme Court, Bronx County (Howard R. Silver, J.), entered June 24, 2010, which, in this action alleging the wrongful repossession of delivery trucks, denied the motion of plaintiff and counterclaim defendants to vacate the dismissal of the action and restore it to the trial calendar pursuant to CPLR 3404, unanimously affirmed, with costs.

It is black letter law that "[a] party seeking to have a case restored to the trial calendar must demonstrate a meritorious cause of action, a reasonable excuse for the delay, a lack of intent to abandon the action and the absence of prejudice to the opposing party" (Kamara v Ambert, 89 AD3d 612, 612 [2011]). Furthermore "[a]ll four conditions must be satisfied" (Campbell v Crystal Realty Assoc. Ltd. Partnership, 276 AD2d 328, 328 [2000]).

Here, plaintiff failed to offer any excuse for passively waiting for a trial date and then first seeking relief more than three years after the dismissal for failure to appear (see Spivey v Bouteureira, 259 AD2d 425 [1999]). To the extent that plaintiff's excuse for the delay may be attributed to law office failure, it is unsubstantiated (see Okun v Tanners, 11 NY3d 762 [2008]). Plaintiff's attempt to demonstrate merit for the first time in its attorney's reply, unaccompanied by an affidavit from a person claiming knowledge of the facts, was insufficient (see Rozina v Casa 74th Dev. LLC, 89 AD3d 508 [2011]).

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

ENTERED: FEBRUARY 2, 2012

CLERK

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