|DTG Operations, Inc. v Excel Imaging, P.C.|
|2014 NY Slip Op 05030 [119 AD3d 410]|
|July 3, 2014|
|Appellate Division, First Department|
|Published by New York State Law Reporting Bureau pursuant to Judiciary Law § 431.|
|1 DTG Operations, Inc., Doing Business as Dollar
Excel Imaging, P.C., et al., Defendants, and Haar Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, P.C., et al., Respondents.
Rubin, Fiorella & Friedman LLP, New York (Aaron F. Fishbein of counsel), for appellant.
Amos Weinberg, Great Neck, for respondents.
Order, Supreme Court, New York County (Joan M. Kenney, J.), entered May 22, 2013, which granted defendants-respondents' motion to vacate a default judgment against them, unanimously reversed, on the law, without costs, and the motion denied.
In this declaratory judgment action seeking a declaration that the medical provider defendants have no right to collect no-fault benefits for medical services allegedly provided to the claimant defendants, defendants-respondents failed to offer a reasonable excuse for their default and a meritorious defense (see New Media Holding Co. LLC v Kagalovsky, 97 AD3d 463, 465 [1st Dept 2012]). In support of their motion to vacate the default, defendants-respondents submitted, among other things, the affidavit of their office and billing manager who stated that she "d[id] not recall" any court papers on this matter, but did not deny receiving any. She further stated that the office location had moved, but did not specify whether that move occurred before or after the date reflected in the affidavits of service. She further asserted that the "summons" did not provide any information from which to link this action to the claimant treated by defendants-respondents. However, the concise, 10-page complaint named defendants-respondents and claimants as defendants in the caption and plainly states that claimants sought medical treatment from defendants-respondents for which plaintiff sought a declaration that defendants-respondents were not entitled to reimbursement. Accordingly, defendants-[*2]respondents' excuses are unreasonable. Further, defendants-respondents' proffered defense, that the examinations under oath requested by plaintiff are improper, is contrary to law (see 11 NYCRR 65-1.1). Concur—Gonzalez, P.J., Acosta, DeGrasse, Freedman and Richter, JJ.