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W.W. Glass System, Inc v. Metal Sales Co.

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


December 13, 2012

W.W. GLASS SYSTEM, INC.,
FOURTH-PARTY PLAINTIFF,
v.
METAL SALES CO., INC.,
FOURTH-PARTY DEFENDANT. [AND ANOTHER ACTION] METAL SALES CO., INC.,
THIRD FOURTH-PARTY PLAINTIFF-APPELLANT, H.R.A.D. CONSTRUCTION CORP., ET AL.,
THIRD FOURTH-PARTY DEFENDANTS-RESPONDENTS.

W.W. Glass Sys., Inc. v Metal Sales Co., Inc.

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 December 13, 2012

Tom, J.P., Sweeny, Moskowitz, Renwick, Clark, JJ.

Order, Supreme Court, New York County (Carol R. Edmead, J.), entered July 6, 2011, which granted the motion of third fourth-party defendant Total Safety Consulting LLC and the cross motion of the third fourth-party HRAD defendants to dismiss the third fourth-party action, and denied third fourth-party plaintiff Metal Sales Co., Inc.'s cross motion to vacate portions of the court's orders entered November 10, 2010 and December 7, 2010 that dismissed its claims for common-law indemnification against Total Safety, and for renewal of its argument that its claim for common-law indemnification against Total Safety was viable, unanimously modified, on the law, to deny so much of Total Safety's motion and the HRAD defendants' cross motion as sought dismissal of Metal Sales' third fourth-party contribution claims, and otherwise affirmed, without costs.

The court correctly dismissed Metal Sales' common-law indemnification claims. Metal Sales failed to offer evidence showing that liability on its part, if any, was only vicarious vis-a-vis Total Safety or the HRAD defendants (see generally McDermott v City of New York, 50 NY2d 211, 216-217 [1980]; Edge Mgt. Consulting, Inc. v Blank, 25 AD3d 364, 367 [1st Dept 2006], lv dismissed 7 NY3d 864 [2006]).

Metal Sales' contribution claims should not have been dismissed. The court's order entered November 10, 2010 did not expressly grant relief, either way, as to those claims. To the extent that language in the court's memorandum decision might be interpreted as dismissing the contribution claim against Total Safety pursuant to General Obligations Law § 15-108 (b) based on the court's mistaken belief that Total Safety had obtained a release from liability in conjunction with a settlement of the main action, Metal Sales should be relieved of that finding (see generally CPLR 5015 [a] [2], [3]; CPLR 2221 [e]; cf. Long Is. Light. Co. v Century Indem. Co., 52 AD3d 383, 384 [1st Dept 2008]; Matter of McKenna v County of Nassau, Off. of County Attorney, 61 NY2d 739 [1984]). Indeed, the finding was based on Total Safety's inaccurate, unequivocal statement that it had obtained a release from the project manager and general contractor who had settled in the main action. Total Safety's inaccurate assertion came to light only after entry of the court's order. Further, after the end of lengthy discovery, Metal Sales diligently sought to conform its claims to the evidence, which, as found by the motion court, reflected a basis for finding that the acts and/or omissions of Total Safety and the HRAD defendants had potentially contributed to plaintiff's fall and injury.

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

ENTERED: DECEMBER 13, 2012

CLERK

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