|SMB Med. P.C. v Chubb Indem. Ins. Co.|
|2015 NY Slip Op 50719(U) [47 Misc 3d 146(A)]|
|Decided on May 13, 2015|
|Appellate Term, First 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|This opinion is uncorrected and will not be published in the printed Official Reports.|
Defendant appeals from an order of the Civil Court of the City of New York, Bronx County (Elizabeth A. Taylor), entered July 2, 2014, which denied its motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint.
Order (Elizabeth A. Taylor), entered July 2, 2014, affirmed, with $10 costs.
Defendant failed to establish its entitlement to summary judgment dismissing the complaint based upon plaintiff's alleged untimely submission of the claims beyond the applicable 45-day time limit (see 11 NYCRR 65-1.1[d]). The affidavit of defendant's claims adjuster failed to describe defendant's "regular practices and procedures in retrieving, opening, and indexing its mail and in maintaining its files on existing claims" (Liriano v Eveready Ins. Co., 65 AD3d 524, 525 ), and was inadequate to demonstrate that plaintiff's bills were not timely received within the 45-day period. Given defendant's failure to meet its burden, denial of its motion was required regardless of the sufficiency of plaintiff's opposition papers (see Alvarez v Prospect Hosp., 68 NY2d 320, 324 ).
In view of our determination, we reach no other issues.
THIS CONSTITUTES THE DECISION AND ORDER OF THE COURT.