New York Supreme and/or Appellate Courts Appellate Division, First Department
February 9, 2012
6780 N & IN RE NEW YORK COUNTY ASBESTOS LITIGATION KEITH H. CLARK,
A.O. SMITH WATER PRODUCTS, ET AL., DEFENDANTS, KENTILE FLOORS, INC., ET AL.,
JOAN M. GASIOR,
Appeal from order, Supreme Court, New York County (Louis B. York, J.), entered November 8, 2010, which granted defendants Kentile Floors, Inc., Courter & Company, Inc., the Fairbanks Company, and DAP, Inc.'s motion to disqualify appellant and the law firm of Napoli, Bern, Ripka LLP in this action and in Pastore v A.O. Smith Water Products Co. (Index No. 190194/10) and Powell v A.O. Smith Water Products Co. (Index No. 190198/10), unanimously dismissed, without costs, as moot.
Matter of New York County Asbestos Litig.
Published by New York State Law Reporting Bureau pursuant to Judiciary Law § 431.
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Decided on February 9, 2012
Tom, J.P., Sweeny, Acosta, Renwick, Roman, JJ.
The discontinuances in two of the actions and substitution of counsel in the other deprive appellant of any further controversy to have determined; there does not appear to be any exception to the mootness doctrine (see Matter of Hearst Corp. v Clyne, 50 NY2d 707, 714-715 ). If we were to address the merits, we would find that the motion court properly granted the motion in light of appellant's intimate familiarity with the moving defendants' settlement strategies. M-5809 - Clark v A.O. Smith Water Products, et al. Motion to supplement record or take judicial notice of certain documents denied.
THIS CONSTITUTES THE DECISION AND ORDER OF THE SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT.
ENTERED: FEBRUARY 9, 2012
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