New York Supreme and/or Appellate Courts Appellate Division, First Department
January 31, 2013
LA FORTUNA RESTAURANT, INC., ET AL.,
DEFENDANTS-APPELLANTS, JOHN DOE, ET AL.,
Garcia v La Fortuna Rest., Inc.
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Decided on January 31, 2013 Tom, J.P., Andrias, Acosta, Manzanet-Daniels, Roman, JJ.
Order, Supreme Court, Bronx County (Laura Douglas, J.), entered December 20, 2011, which granted plaintiff's motion to strike defendants' answer, unanimously affirmed, without costs.
Plaintiff established that defendant Portoreal's repeated failure to comply with court directives to appear for the completion of his deposition was willful and contumacious and, in opposition, defendants failed to meet their burden of demonstrating a reasonable excuse for Portoreal's non-appearance (see Touray v Munoz, 96 AD3d 623 [1st Dept 2012]; Reidel v Ryder TRS, Inc., 13 AD3d 170, 171 [1st Dept 2004]).
THIS CONSTITUTES THE DECISION AND ORDER OF THE SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT.
ENTERED: JANUARY 31, 2013
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