JEAN M. DI SIMONE v. Good Samaritan Hospital

CourtNew York Court of Appeals
Citation100 N.Y.2d 632,800 N.E.2d 1102,768 N.Y.S.2d 735
Decision Date30 October 2003
PartiesJEAN M. DI SIMONE, Appellant, v. GOOD SAMARITAN HOSPITAL et al., Respondents, et al., Defendants.

100 N.Y.2d 632
800 N.E.2d 1102
768 N.Y.S.2d 735

JEAN M. DI SIMONE, Appellant,
v.
GOOD SAMARITAN HOSPITAL et al., Respondents, et al., Defendants

Court of Appeals of the State of New York.

Decided October 30, 2003.


Shayne, Dachs, Stanisci, Corker & Sauer, Mineola (Jonathan A. Dachs of counsel), and Kenneth J. Ready & Associates (Kenneth J. Ready of counsel), for appellant.

Bower, Sanger & Lawrence, New York City (Mitchell A. Greene of counsel), for Good Samaritan Hospital, respondent.

Law Offices of Charles E. Kutner, LLP, New York City (Charles E. Kutner of counsel), for Harvey Manes and another, respondents.

Before: Chief Judge KAYE and Judges SMITH, CIPARICK, GRAFFEO and READ concur in memorandum; Judge ROSENBLATT taking no part.

100 N.Y.2d 633
OPINION OF THE COURT

MEMORANDUM.

The order of the Appellate Division should be reversed, with costs, and the order of Supreme Court reinstated.

Plaintiff commenced this wrongful death action alleging medical malpractice in 1995. During the course of discovery, plaintiff's attorney became the subject of disciplinary proceedings and was ultimately disbarred in June 1998. His law firm took over the action, but plaintiff's case languished. In April and November 1999, respectively, defendant Good Samaritan and defendant Manes served plaintiff with a 90-day notice to resume prosecution pursuant to CPLR 3216 (b) (3). The matter was not transferred to plaintiff's present attorney until January 2000, when counsel advised the parties of plaintiff's intention to resume prosecution and proceed with discovery. To that end, all parties attended a certification conference at Supreme Court in April 2000.1 Upon plaintiff's failure to respond to defendants' CPLR 3216 demands by filing a note of issue or moving for any alternative relief, defendants each moved to dismiss plaintiff's complaint.

We have previously observed that CPLR 3216 "is extremely forgiving of litigation delay" (Baczkowski v Collins Constr. Co., 89 NY2d 499, 503 [1997]). If a party fails to comply with a 90-day demand to serve and file a note of issue, but demonstrates a "justifiable excuse for the delay and a good and meritorious cause of action" (CPLR 3216 [e]), the trial court may not dismiss the action. Here, the trial court declined to dismiss plaintiff's complaint, determining that the claim had merit and that plaintiff provided a justifiable excuse for the delay.

On appeal, the Appellate Division reversed, found that plaintiff provided...

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    • United States
    • New York Supreme Court Appellate Division
    • September 21, 2010
    ...twice during this litigation indicate that there was no intent to abandon the action ( see e.g. Di Simone v. Good Samaritan Hosp., 100 N.Y.2d 632, 633-634, 768 N.Y.S.2d 735, 800 N.E.2d 1102 [2003] ). This includes that, in response to the 90-day notice, plaintiff contacted an attorney who, ......
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    • United States
    • New York Supreme Court Appellate Division
    • October 7, 2015
    ...to proceed” (Davis v. Goodsell, 6 A.D.3d 382, 383–384, 774 N.Y.S.2d 568 ; see CPLR 3216[a], [e] ; Di Simone v. Good Samaritan Hosp., 100 N.Y.2d 632, 633, 768 N.Y.S.2d 735, 800 N.E.2d 1102 ; Baczkowski v. Collins Constr. Co., 89 N.Y.2d 499, 504–505, 655 N.Y.S.2d 848, 678 N.E.2d 460 ). When s......
  • Atterberry v. Serlin
    • United States
    • New York Supreme Court Appellate Division
    • June 21, 2011
    ...neglect to proceed” ( Davis v. Goodsell, 6 A.D.3d 382, 383, 774 N.Y.S.2d 568; see [925 N.Y.S.2d 861] Di Simone v. Good Samaritan Hosp., 100 N.Y.2d 632, 633, 768 N.Y.S.2d 735, 800 N.E.2d 1102; Gibson v. Fakheri, 77 A.D.3d 619, 908 N.Y.S.2d 356; Ferrera v. Esposit, 66 A.D.3d 637, 638, 886 N.Y......
  • Lauri v. Freeport Union Free Sch. Dist.
    • United States
    • New York Supreme Court Appellate Division
    • November 30, 2010
    ...unreasonable neglect to proceed" ( Davis v. Goodsell, 6 A.D.3d 382, 383, 774 N.Y.S.2d 568; see Di Simone v. Good Samaritan Hosp., 100 N.Y.2d 632, 633, 768 N.Y.S.2d 735, 800 N.E.2d 1102; Gibson v. Fakheri, 77 A.D.3d 619, 908 N.Y.S.2d 356; Ferrera v. Esposit, 66 A.D.3d 637, 638, 886 N.Y.S.2d ......
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  • Umeze v. Fidelis Care N.Y.
    • United States
    • New York Supreme Court Appellate Division
    • September 21, 2010
    ...twice during this litigation indicate that there was no intent to abandon the action ( see e.g. Di Simone v. Good Samaritan Hosp., 100 N.Y.2d 632, 633-634, 768 N.Y.S.2d 735, 800 N.E.2d 1102 [2003] ). This includes that, in response to the 90-day notice, plaintiff contacted an attorney who, ......
  • Lee v. Rad, 2015-00100, Index No. 2659/11.
    • United States
    • New York Supreme Court Appellate Division
    • October 7, 2015
    ...to proceed” (Davis v. Goodsell, 6 A.D.3d 382, 383–384, 774 N.Y.S.2d 568 ; see CPLR 3216[a], [e] ; Di Simone v. Good Samaritan Hosp., 100 N.Y.2d 632, 633, 768 N.Y.S.2d 735, 800 N.E.2d 1102 ; Baczkowski v. Collins Constr. Co., 89 N.Y.2d 499, 504–505, 655 N.Y.S.2d 848, 678 N.E.2d 460 ). When s......
  • Atterberry v. Serlin
    • United States
    • New York Supreme Court Appellate Division
    • June 21, 2011
    ...neglect to proceed” ( Davis v. Goodsell, 6 A.D.3d 382, 383, 774 N.Y.S.2d 568; see [925 N.Y.S.2d 861] Di Simone v. Good Samaritan Hosp., 100 N.Y.2d 632, 633, 768 N.Y.S.2d 735, 800 N.E.2d 1102; Gibson v. Fakheri, 77 A.D.3d 619, 908 N.Y.S.2d 356; Ferrera v. Esposit, 66 A.D.3d 637, 638, 886 N.Y......
  • Lauri v. Freeport Union Free Sch. Dist.
    • United States
    • New York Supreme Court Appellate Division
    • November 30, 2010
    ...unreasonable neglect to proceed" ( Davis v. Goodsell, 6 A.D.3d 382, 383, 774 N.Y.S.2d 568; see Di Simone v. Good Samaritan Hosp., 100 N.Y.2d 632, 633, 768 N.Y.S.2d 735, 800 N.E.2d 1102; Gibson v. Fakheri, 77 A.D.3d 619, 908 N.Y.S.2d 356; Ferrera v. Esposit, 66 A.D.3d 637, 638, 886 N.Y.S.2d ......
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