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Arch Specialty Insurance Company, Plaintiff-Respondent v. Kam Cheung Construction

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


March 26, 2013

ARCH SPECIALTY INSURANCE COMPANY, PLAINTIFF-RESPONDENT,
v.
KAM CHEUNG CONSTRUCTION, INC., DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.

Arch Specialty Ins. Co. v Kam Cheung Constr., Inc.

Decided on March 26, 2013

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.

Friedman, J.P., Moskowitz, DeGrasse, Richter, Gische, JJ.

Order, Supreme Court, New York County (Jeffrey K. Oing, J.), entered July 23, 2012, which denied defendant's motion for summary judgment, granted plaintiff's cross motion for summary judgment, and declared the subject policy of insurance void, unanimously affirmed, without costs.

Defendant's misrepresentation on its application was material as a matter of law because, had the insurer known the true facts, it would have refused "to make such contract" (Insurance Law § 3105[b][1]) either by not issuing the policy or by charging a higher premium (see Interested Underwriters at Lloyd's v H.D.I. III Assoc., 213 AD2d 246 [1st Dept 1995]; see also Matter of Union Index. Ins. Co. of N.Y., 89 NY2d 94, 106-107 [1996]). The affidavit of the insurer's underwriter and the rating guidelines used by its underwriters were sufficient proof of its underwriting practices to demonstrate that, had the true facts been known, the policy would not have been issued for the premium charged (see Kiss Constr. NY, Inc. v Rutgers Caves. Ins. Co., 61 AD3d 412, 414 [1st Dept 2009]). In view of the foregoing, we need not address defendant's claim for attorneys' fees.

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

ENTERED: MARCH 26, 2013

CLERK

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