New York First Acupuncture, P.C. v State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co.
Decided on July 20, 2009
SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK
APPELLATE TERM: 2nd, 11th and 13th JUDICIAL DISTRICTS
PRESENT: : WESTON, J.P., RIOS and STEINHARDT, JJ
2008-1967 Q C.
New York First Acupuncture, P.C. a/a/o ANTHONY HYMAN, Appellant,
State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, Respondent.
Appeal from an order of the Civil Court of the City of New York, Queens County (Diane A.
Lebedeff, J.), entered October 6, 2008. The order, insofar as appealed from, granted the branches
of defendant's motion seeking to amend the answer to include the defense of fraudulent
incorporation and to compel plaintiff to produce its owner, Valentina Anikeyeva, for a
In this action by a provider to recover assigned first-party no-fault benefits, the Civil Court, by order entered October 6, 2008, granted defendant leave to amend the answer to include the defense of fraudulent incorporation and directed plaintiff to produce its owner, Valentina Anikeyeva, for a deposition within 60 days of the order. The order also stated that plaintiff's failure to produce its owner for the deposition would result in dismissal. Plaintiff appeals from the order entered October 6, 2008.
Subsequent to the entry of the order appealed from, the Civil Court, upon an application by defendant which plaintiff opposed, entered an order dismissing the complaint with prejudice due to plaintiff's failure to comply with the October 6, 2008 order. A judgment was entered pursuant thereto on April 10, 2009.
The appeal must be dismissed because the right of direct appeal from the October 6, 2008 order terminated with the entry of judgment in this action (see Matter of Aho, 39 NY2d 241, 248 ).
Weston, J.P., Rios and Steinhardt, JJ., concur.
Decision Date: July 20, 2009