Matter of Allstate Ins. Co. v Tae Hong Ji
2011 NY Slip Op 01463 [81 AD3d 940]
February 22, 2011
Appellate Division, Second Department
Published by New York State Law Reporting Bureau pursuant to Judiciary Law § 431.
As corrected through Wednesday, March 30, 2011

In the Matter of Allstate Insurance Company, Respondent,
Tae Hong Ji et al., Appellants.

[*1] Sim & Park, LLP, New York, N.Y. (Sang J. Sim of counsel), for appellants.

Robert P. Tusa, Garden City, N.Y. (Donald Sweeney of counsel), for respondent.

In a proceeding pursuant to CPLR article 75 to permanently stay arbitration of an uninsured motorist claim, Tae Hong Ji and Yun Hee Ji appeal from (1) a decision of the Supreme Court, Queens County (Rios, J.), entered February 5, 2010, and (2) a judgment of the same court entered February 5, 2010, which, upon the decision, made after a framed-issue hearing, granted the petition and permanently stayed arbitration.

Ordered that the appeal from the decision is dismissed, as no appeal lies from a decision (see Schicchi v J.A. Green Constr. Corp., 100 AD2d 509 [1984]); and it is further,

Ordered that the judgment is affirmed; and it is further,

Ordered that one bill of costs is awarded to the petitioner.

Where, as here, a case is determined after a hearing held before a justice, this Court's power to review the evidence is as broad as that of the hearing court, taking into account in a close case the fact that the hearing judge had the advantage of seeing the witnesses (see Northern Westchester Professional Park Assoc. v Town of Bedford, 60 NY2d 492, 499 [1983]; Matter of Progressive Northeastern Ins. Co. v Harding, 63 AD3d 947 [2009]; Matter of New York Cent. Mut. Fire Ins. Co. v Vento, 63 AD3d 841, 844 [2009]; Matter of Government Empls. Ins. Co. v Steinmetz, 51 AD3d 1022 [2008]). We decline to disturb the Supreme Court's finding that there was no physical contact between the appellants' vehicle and an alleged hit-and-run vehicle (see Matter of Government Empls. Ins. Co. v Steinmetz, 51 AD3d at 1022).

Accordingly, the Supreme Court correctly granted the petition to permanently stay arbitration. Dillon, J.P., Covello, Florio and Hall, JJ., concur.