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Sky Medical Supply, Inc. As Assignee of Woody Lafortune, Respondent v. Geico General Ins. Co.

New York Supreme and/or Appellate Courts SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE TERM, SECOND DEPARTMENT, 2d, 11th and 13th JUDICIAL DISTRICTS


May 6, 2013

SKY MEDICAL SUPPLY, INC. AS ASSIGNEE OF WOODY LAFORTUNE, RESPONDENT, --
v.
GEICO GENERAL INS. CO., APPELLANT.

Appeal from an order of the Civil Court of the City of New York, Kings County (Katherine A. Levine, J.), entered May 16, 2011.

Sky Med. Supply, Inc. v GEICO Gen. Ins. Co.

Appellate Term, Second Department

Published by New York State Law Reporting Bureau pursuant to Judiciary Law § 431.

This opinion is uncorrected and will not be published in the printed Official Reports.

Decided on May 6, 2013

PRESENT: PESCE, P.J., RIOS and SOLOMON, JJ

The order, insofar as appealed from, denied defendant's cross motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint.

ORDERED that the order, insofar as appealed from, is reversed, with $30 costs, and defendant's cross motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint is granted.

In this action by a provider to recover assigned first-party no-fault benefits, plaintiff moved for summary judgment and defendant cross-moved for summary judgment dismissing the complaint. Insofar as is relevant to this appeal, the Civil Court denied defendant's cross motion and found that defendant had established a timely and proper denial of the claim at issue on the ground of lack of medical necessity and that the sole remaining issue for trial was medical necessity.

In support of its cross motion, defendant submitted an affirmed peer review report which set forth a factual basis and medical rationale for the reviewer's determination that there was a lack of medical necessity for the supply at issue. Defendant's showing that the supply at issue was not medically necessary was not rebutted by plaintiff. In view of the foregoing, and as plaintiff has not challenged the Civil Court's finding, in effect, that defendant is otherwise entitled to judgment, the order, insofar as appealed from, is reversed and defendant's cross motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint is granted (see Delta Diagnostic Radiology, P.C. v Integon Natl. Ins. Co., 24 Misc 3d 136[A], 2009 NY Slip Op 51502[U] [App Term, 2d, 11th & 13th Jud Dists 2009]; Delta Diagnostic Radiology, P.C. v American Tr. Ins. Co., 18 Misc 3d 128[A], 2007 NY Slip Op 52455[U] [App Term, 2d & 11th Jud Dists 2007]; A. Khodadadi Radiology, P.C. v NY Cent. Mut. Fire Ins. Co., 16 Misc 3d 131[A], 2007 NY Slip Op 51342[U] [App Term, 2d & 11th Jud Dists 2007]).

Pesce, P.J., Rios and Solomon, JJ., concur. Decision Date: May 06, 2013

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