Caiola v. Allcity Insurance Company

CourtNew York Supreme Court Appellate Division
PartiesCIRINO CAIOLA, Plaintiff,<BR>v.<BR>ALLCITY INSURANCE COMPANY, Defendant.<BR>SOLOMON ABRAHAMS, Nonparty Appellant. (Matter No. 1.)<BR>In the Matter of MARSHALL WEINERMAN, Petitioner.<BR>PARKSIDE LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY, Respondent.<BR>SOLOMON ABRAHAMS, Nonparty Appellant. (Matter No. 2.)
Decision Date05 May 2003

305 A.D.2d 350
758 N.Y.S.2d 683

CIRINO CAIOLA, Plaintiff,
v.
ALLCITY INSURANCE COMPANY, Defendant.

SOLOMON ABRAHAMS, Nonparty Appellant.
(Matter No. 1.)
In the Matter of MARSHALL WEINERMAN, Petitioner.

PARKSIDE LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY, Respondent.

SOLOMON ABRAHAMS, Nonparty Appellant.
(Matter No. 2.)

Decided May 5, 2003.


Ritter, J.P., Altman, Krausman and Crane, JJ., concur.

Ordered that the order and judgment is reversed, on the law, without costs or disbursements, the findings of criminal contempt are vacated, the proceeding is dismissed, without prejudice to recommencement, and any fines that the appellant has paid are directed to be returned to him.

On two different occasions, the Supreme Court, in separate orders issued in separate matters, sanctioned the appellant for engaging in frivolous conduct (see 22 NYCRR 130-1.1). When he failed to pay the sanctions by certain court-imposed deadlines, the Supreme Court, sua sponte, commenced the instant criminal contempt proceeding against him by order to show cause.

In response, the appellant, who had been served with the order to show cause by fax and by first-class mail, commenced a proceeding pursuant to CPLR article 78 in this Court to prohibit the Supreme Court from conducting the criminal contempt proceeding. However, this Court denied the petition and dismissed the proceeding (see Matter of Abrahams v DiBlasi, 293 AD2d 530 [2002]). Subsequently, the Supreme Court, after conducting a hearing, adjudicated the appellant in criminal

[305 A.D.2d 351]

contempt and imposed maximum fines aggregating $2,000 (see Judiciary Law § 751 [1]). This appeal followed.

Where, as here, a court commences a criminal contempt proceeding against an alleged contemnor based on his wilful disobedience of the court's "lawful mandate" (Judiciary Law § 750 [A] [3]), the failure to personally serve the alleged contemnor with notice of the proceeding is a jurisdictional defect (see Matter of Howard T.P. v Maria B., 237 AD2d 443 [1997]; Matter of Minter, 132 AD2d 701, 703 [1987]; Matter of Murray, 98 AD2d 93, 98 [1983]). The appellant is not collaterally estopped from contesting the issue of personal jurisdiction by virtue of this Court's decision and order in the CPLR article 78 proceeding finding that the Supreme Court possessed subject matter jurisdiction (see Matter of Herskowitz v Tompkins, 184 AD2d 402, 403 [1992]). Since he was not served personally with the order to show cause, we are constrained to dismiss the...

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  • Abrahams v. Appellate Div. Of Supreme Court, No. 05 Civ. 4053(SCR)(GAY).
    • United States
    • United States District Courts. 2nd Circuit. United States District Courts. 2nd Circuit. Southern District of New York
    • February 7, 2007
    ...by the Appellate Division because Plaintiff was not personally served with notice of the proceeding. Caiola v. Allcity Ins. Co., 305 A.D.2d 350, 351, 758 N.Y.S.2d 683, 685 (App. Div.2d Dep't 2003). On July 22, 2003, the Westchester Supreme Court judge denied Plaintiff's motion to dismiss th......
  • A.P. v. F.L., No. 471/2012.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court (New York)
    • November 15, 2017
    ...stipulation, Plaintiff was scheduled to have a weekend visit with N.P. on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. (see Bergstol, 305 A.D.2d at 350 ; see also In re Adolph, 117 AD3d at 496 ; England, 48 AD3d at 838 ). Indeed, Plaintiff himself testified that on February 8, 2013, N.P. called......
  • Bergstol v. Town of Monroe
    • United States
    • New York Supreme Court Appellate Division
    • May 5, 2003
    ...of the motion and the papers filed in opposition thereto, and upon the argument of the appeal, it is Ordered that the motion is denied. [305 A.D.2d 350] It is axiomatic that this Court may take judicial notice of its own orders in related actions (see Lefkowitz v Lurie, 253 AD2d 855; Brande......
3 cases
  • Abrahams v. Appellate Div. Of Supreme Court, No. 05 Civ. 4053(SCR)(GAY).
    • United States
    • United States District Courts. 2nd Circuit. United States District Courts. 2nd Circuit. Southern District of New York
    • February 7, 2007
    ...by the Appellate Division because Plaintiff was not personally served with notice of the proceeding. Caiola v. Allcity Ins. Co., 305 A.D.2d 350, 351, 758 N.Y.S.2d 683, 685 (App. Div.2d Dep't 2003). On July 22, 2003, the Westchester Supreme Court judge denied Plaintiff's motion to dismiss th......
  • A.P. v. F.L., No. 471/2012.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court (New York)
    • November 15, 2017
    ...stipulation, Plaintiff was scheduled to have a weekend visit with N.P. on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. (see Bergstol, 305 A.D.2d at 350 ; see also In re Adolph, 117 AD3d at 496 ; England, 48 AD3d at 838 ). Indeed, Plaintiff himself testified that on February 8, 2013, N.P. called......
  • Bergstol v. Town of Monroe
    • United States
    • New York Supreme Court Appellate Division
    • May 5, 2003
    ...of the motion and the papers filed in opposition thereto, and upon the argument of the appeal, it is Ordered that the motion is denied. [305 A.D.2d 350] It is axiomatic that this Court may take judicial notice of its own orders in related actions (see Lefkowitz v Lurie, 253 AD2d 855; Brande......

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