throbber
FILED: NEW YORK COUNTY CLERK 03/18/2019 10:05 PM
`FILED: NEW YORK COUNTY CLERK 03m2019 10:05 P
`NYSC 3F DOC. NO. 174
`NYSCEF DOC. NO. 174
`
`IND
`EX NO.
`153250/2015
`INDEX NO. 153250/2015
`
` VYSC
`
` *uIV‘ .D
` 3F:
`
`03/18/2019
`RECEIVED NYSCEF: 03/18/2019
`
`G
`EXHIBIT
`EXHIBIT G
`
`

`

`10:58
`4/26/2016
`AM
`FILED: NEW YORK COUNTY CLERK 03/18/2019 10:05 PM
`25BOCA-GWFAX -> 212 809 7713
`d
`NYSCEF DOC. NO. 174
`
`INDEX NO. 153250/2015
`Page
`2 of
`9
`RECEIVED NYSCEF: 03/18/2019
`
`SUPREME
`COUNTY
`
`COURT OF THE
`OF NASSAU
`
`STATE
`
`OF NEW YORK
`
`P R E S E N T : HON.
`
`JEFFREY
`
`S. BROWN
`JUSTICE
`
`------------------------------------------------X
`CHARLES
`SIMON
`and CHARLES
`of
`the Estate
`of JULIE
`
`SIMON,
`
`SIMON,
`deceased,
`
`as Administrator
`
`Plaintiff(s),
`
`TRIAL/IAS
`
`PART
`
`13
`
`INDEX
`Mot.
`Mot.
`Submit
`
`# 22101/08
`Seq.
`22, 23
`Date
`11.6.15
`1.7.15
`Date
`
`-against-
`
`GRANITE
`
`BUILDING
`
`2, LLC,
`KULKA
`
`LALEZARIAN
`CONSTRUCTION
`PROPERTIES,
`LLC,
`CORP.,
`KULKA
`FXR CONSTRUCTION
`CONTRACTING,
`LLC,
`DEV CONSTRUCTION
`CANATAL
`CORP.
`D/B/A
`INC., MCLO STRUCTURAL
`STEEL
`INDUSTRIES
`NEWMAN
`DESIGN
`LLC
`and THE OFFICE
`GROUP,
`JAMES
`RUDERMAN,
`LLP,
`
`CORP.,
`
`CORP.,
`OF
`
`________._.__-.--------------------------------------X
`
`Defendant(s).
`
`The
`
`following
`
`papers
`
`were
`
`read
`
`on this motion:
`
`Notice
`
`of Motion,
`Affidavit
`Answering
`Affidavit..
`Reply
`
`Exhibits
`Affidavits
`(Affirmations),
`........................................................................
`.............................................................................
`
`Annexed......
`
`Numbered
`
`Papers
`MS 22
`1, 2
`3, 4, 5
`6, 7
`
`MS 23
`8, 9
`3, 4,10
`
`the foregoing
`papers,
`2 LLC (hereinafter
`5501(c):
`and
`the $6,000,000.00
`
`Upon
`
`Granite
`
`Building
`§§4401,4404(a)
`remittitur
`of
`and suffering,
`Charles
`Simon
`$1,440,000.00
`
`loss,
`
`(5) granting
`
`(3)
`for
`
`jury
`
`it
`
`is ordered
`
`of
`
`that
`which
`Granite),
`a new trial
`granting
`(1)
`verdict
`awarded
`jury
`a remittitur
`or granting
`vacating
`economic
`and future
`past
`loss,
`(4)
`vacating
`Simon
`of Julie
`verdict
`awarded
`to the Estate
`remittitur
`a new trial
`or
`of
`the $500,000.00
`
`the application
`seeks
`an order
`as to liability,
`(2)
`Simon
`to Charles
`the $1,495,000.00
`or granting
`for past
`verdict
`
`interposed
`pursuant
`
`by defendant,
`to CPLR
`or
`a new trial
`granting
`pain
`and future
`for
`past
`verdict
`awarded
`jury
`a remittitur
`of
`the
`future
`economic
`and
`to the Estate
`awarded
`
`to
`
`of
`
`jury
`
`

`

`in the GMC
`On February
`the plaintiff,
`a passenger
`was
`13, 2008,
`Simon,
`by his wife,
`operated
`in
`(see Bakalor
`Julie
`plaintiff's
`Affidavit
`Simon
`decedent,
`at Exh. C at pp.
`of whom were wallpaper
`762).
`On said
`the Simons,
`both
`733,
`date,
`were
`work
`there
`at an office
`scheduled
`to commence
`owned
`where
`by Granite
`building
`the scope
`at pp.
`(id
`of which
`included
`the underground
`lots
`parking
`1048-1049).
`In connection
`engaged
`Kulka
`to serve
`Granite
`therewith,
`d/b/a DEV
`FXR Construction,
`Inc.
`which
`in turn
`contracted
`with
`at pp.
`lots
`(id.
`to undertake
`of
`the underground
`the construction
`FXR)
`of
`the
`of
`this
`a pit was
`the end
`course
`excavated
`at
`project,
`During
`under
`construction
`in a 32 foot
`into
`the subterranean
`lot
`then
`(id
`drop
`of FXR removed
`of
`two
`employees
`12-foot
`sections
`rebar
`to permit
`a tractor-trailer
`to deliver
`subsequent
`200).
`However,
`162,
`135,
`134,
`of
`it had previously
`removed
`the fence
`(id
`
`Suburban
`Support
`
`hangers,
`was
`
`ongoing
`55, 702,
`703,
`general
`the
`Construction
`
`1048,
`
`construction,
`718,
`723,
`contractor,
`(hereinafter
`1051).
`
`55, 56,
`1049,
`west
`lot
`resulting
`parking
`On February
`at pp. 56-57).
`chain
`link
`fence
`surrounding
`for
`the concrete
`FXR failed
`
`necessary
`this
`delivery,
`pp. 57, 200).
`
`4/26/2016
`10:58
`AM
`25BOCA-GWFAX -> 212 809 7713
`FILED: NEW YORK COUNTY CLERK 03/18/2019 10:05 PM
`NYSCEF DOC. NO. 174
`
`INDEX NO. 153250/2015
`9
`3 of
`Page
`
`RECEIVED NYSCEF: 03/18/2019
`
`Julie
`
`Simon
`
`for pre-impact
`and the application
`§4545(a);
`which
`seeks
`an order
`Kulka),
`and damages
`(Sequence
`
`#023),
`
`and (6) granting
`terror,
`interposed
`by defendant,
`to CPLR §4404(a)
`pursuant
`are determined
`forth
`as set
`
`a collateral
`Kulka
`
`source
`
`to CPLR
`pursuant
`hearing
`LLC (hereinafter
`Contracting,
`a new trial
`as to both
`granting
`hereinafter.
`
`liability
`
`Charles
`
`12, 2008,
`the west
`(id
`work
`to replace
`
`lot
`
`parking
`at pp.
`57,
`83,
`those
`sections
`
`as
`
`the
`
`the
`
`to
`at
`
`the weather
`
`782,
`
`On the morning
`slush
`and
`rain,
`sleet,
`the Simons
`were
`site,
`to the west
`proceeded
`parking
`by FXR (id
`left
`at pp.
`732,
`731,
`pit was
`not
`excavation
`immediately
`view
`came
`her attempts
`into
`but
`over
`the 32 foot
`going
`over
`the edge, Mr.
`Simon
`was
`unable
`to do so and died
`2006).
`
`ultimately
`to going
`Simon
`pp. 735,
`
`736,
`
`798,
`
`of February
`13, 2008,
`ice (id
`at pp.
`787,
`271-73,
`727,
`through
`unable
`to access
`the property
`lot
`ingress
`gaining
`successfully
`pavement
`675).
`The
`162,
`200,
`at p. 733).
`discernable
`(id
`were
`the vehicle
`to stop
`unavailing
`the lot below
`into
`precipice
`and
`able
`to extricate
`was
`himself
`after Mr.
`on impact
`Simon
`
`was
`
`inclement
`
`of snow,
`the work
`at
`arrival
`Upon
`798).
`788,
`and consequently
`entrance
`the main
`fence
`in the
`the opening
`thereto
`via
`icy and the
`in the west
`lot was
`the pit
`As Mrs.
`Simon
`proceeded,
`as it began
`to slide,
`at pp.
`(id
`734,
`from the
`however,
`her
`his name
`heard
`
`with
`
`a mix
`
`733,
`vehicle,
`scream
`
`736).
`
`Prior
`Mrs.
`(id
`
`at
`
`action
`
`took
`of
`
`during
`close
`around
`Affidavit
`verdict
`to Kulka,
`plaintiff
`
`A trial
`on the within
`the following
`which
`theories
`the west
`the gate
`parking
`surrounding
`of
`the perimeter
`the pit,
`and
`failing
`at $4, Exh. C at pp.
`in Support
`the dadants
`against
`as to liability
`10% to FXR (see Bakalor
`and;
`estate
`a total
`and the decedent's
`
`place
`
`liability
`
`55-61,
`
`on May
`20 days
`commencing
`defendants:
`the
`against
`asserted
`failing
`barrier
`vehicle
`a sufficient
`to employ
`lot;
`failing
`(see Bakalor
`lot
`the west
`to plow
`and or salt
`parking
`retumed
`the jury
`63).
`a
`On June
`16, 2015,
`60% to Granite;
`same
`as follows:
`apportioning
`The
`awarded
`same
`at ¶4).
`Affidavit
`in Support
`jury
`as follows:
`which
`broken
`down
`of $9,435,000.00,
`was
`
`11, 2015,
`
`to
`
`30%
`the
`
`over
`were
`
`-2-
`
`

`

`4/26/2016
`10:58
`AM
`25BOCA-GWFAX -> 212 809 7713
`FILED: NEW YORK COUNTY CLERK 03/18/2019 10:05 PM
`NYSCEF DOC. NO. 174
`
`INDEX NO. 153250/2015
`Page
`4 or
`9
`
`RECEIVED NYSCEF: 03/18/2019
`
`Pain
`
`Non-Economic
`Awards:
`Decedent's
`and Suffering
`(for Emotional
`Distress
`and Pre-Impact
`Plaintiff's
`Past Pain
`and Suffering
`Plaintiff's
`Future
`and Suffering
`Pain
`
`Terror)
`
`Economic
`
`Loss
`
`Awards
`
`of Julie
`Estate
`Simon's
`Earnings
`Past Lost
`Lost
`Future
`Earnings
`Past Household
`Services
`Future
`Household
`Services
`Past Lost
`Employer
`Pension
`Lost
`Future
`and Pension
`Income
`Total:
`
`Funding
`
`of Annuity
`
`and
`
`Employer
`
`and Social
`
`Funding
`Security
`
`of Annuity
`Retirement
`
`Economic
`
`Loss
`
`Awards
`
`Simon's
`
`Plaintiff
`Charles
`Past
`Lost
`Earnings
`Lost
`Future
`Earnings
`Past
`Lost Health
`Insurance
`Lost Health
`Future
`Insurance
`Past Lost
`Employer
`Future
`Lost
`Employer
`Lost
`Employer
`Past
`Lost
`Employer
`Future
`Lost Retirement
`Future
`Total:
`
`Funding
`Funding
`Funding
`Funding
`Income
`
`of Annuity
`of Annuity
`of Pension
`of Pension
`
`500,000
`$
`$3,000,000
`$3,000,000
`
`$
`$
`$
`$
`$
`
`200,000
`500,000
`100,000
`400,000
`40,000
`
`$
`
`200,000
`
`$ 1,440,000
`
`$ 300,000
`700,000
`$
`50,000
`$
`30,000
`$
`40,000
`$
`100,000
`$
`50,000
`$
`125,000
`$
`100,000
`$
`$ 1,495,000
`
`(for
`
`24 Years)
`
`(over
`
`13 years)
`
`(over
`
`27 years)
`
`(over
`
`13 years)
`
`(over
`
`11 years)
`
`(over
`
`13 years)
`
`(over
`(over
`
`8 years)
`1I
`years)
`
`The within
`ensued.
`
`thereafter
`
`post-trial
`
`applications
`
`respectively
`
`interposed
`
`by the moving
`
`defendants
`
`its
`in denying
`this
`Granite
`as to liability,
`In moving
`erred
`court
`contends
`a new trial
`for
`the
`or salt
`to plow
`its failure
`the claim
`for
`a directed
`premised
`upon
`verdict
`dismissing
`doctrine"
`was
`as a matter
`of
`law by
`in progress
`barred
`such
`claim
`as any
`the "storm
`lot,
`parking
`of Law
`11-25).
`at pp.
`Memorandum
`(see Defendant's
`the bulk
`in having
`Granite
`stresses
`that
`and given
`accepted
`this
`the jury
`assessed
`agaiñst
`this
`as cognizable
`claim
`obviously
`as it
`a new trial
`its request
`as to liability
`is necessary
`for
`an itemized
`denial
`of
`the verdict
`to determine
`upon
`this
`court
`was
`predicated
`for a reviewing
`(id
`at pp. 27-31).
`theory
`
`motion
`
`liability
`court's
`impossible
`
`improper
`
`it,
`
`of
`
`is
`
`verdict,
`whether
`
`-3-
`
`

`

`4/26/2016
`10:58
`AM
`25BOCA-CWFAX -> 212 809 7713
`FILED: NEW YORK COUNTY CLERK 03/18/2019 10:05 PM
`NYSCEF DOC. NO. 174
`
`INDEX NO. 153250/2015
`Page
`5 of
`9
`RECEIVED NYSCEF: 03/18/2019
`
`Granite
`
`asserts
`
`Simon
`
`injuries,
`similarly
`further
`loss was
`vacated
`and 2007,
`exceeded
`
`reduced
`time
`
`(id).
`
`member,
`benefits
`expert
`economist,
`from 2007
`as speculative
`
`thereby
`(id).
`Dr.
`
`awarded
`"zone
`to
`awarded
`Granite
`31-44).
`economic
`future
`either
`must
`the years
`year
`he
`that
`elected
`to
`his
`opinion
`rendering
`Granite
`contends
`further
`to account
`failed
`Leiken
`which
`been
`had
`to experience
`Affidavit
`
`As to the issue
`of damages,
`the $6,000,000.00
`verdict
`for past
`and future
`and
`pain
`emotional
`from purely
`suffering,
`stemming
`deviates
`from prior
`and
`appellate-reviewed
`approved
`sums
`materially
`plaintiffs
`situated
`at pp.
`a significant
`remittitur
`thereby
`warranting
`the
`contends
`verdict
`$1,495,000.00
`awarded
`to Mr.
`Simon
`and
`substantiated
`the requisite
`not
`with
`degree
`and
`of certainty
`accordingly
`or significantly
`(id.
`at pp. 44-50).
`maintains
`that
`Granite
`between
`the plaintiff
`which
`was
`a union
`was
`the only
`2007
`during
`the
`1200
`hours
`to receive
`union
`Granite
`posits
`necessary
`this
`economic
`the plaintiff's
`Dr.
`data,
`notwithstanding
`predicate
`his projections
`on data
`extrapolated
`solely
`to the plaintiff's
`future
`and
`past
`economic
`losses
`that
`in opining
`the plaintiff
`to work
`would
`be able
`consistently,
`either
`the cyclical
`of wallpaper
`nature
`or Mr.
`Simon's
`health,
`hanging
`compromised
`meningitis
`by cryptococcal
`in 201 1 causing
`the plaintiff
`short
`and
`vertigo
`at pp.
`48, 49; Bakalor
`term memory
`(id
`loss,
`instability
`Exh. C at p. 755-758,
`793-797).
`
`(id
`past
`
`for
`
`Leiken,
`
`to Charles
`danger"
`of
`
`be
`2000
`
`as
`
`for
`
`dizziness,
`in Support
`
`at
`
`for
`estate
`to Mrs.
`respect
`Simon's
`awarded
`$1,440,000.00
`With
`reduced
`or
`be vacated
`that
`same must
`loss, Granite
`asserts
`economic
`similarly
`included
`the decedent's
`medical
`which
`for
`failure
`to account
`Leiken's
`to his exclusive
`on employment
`and herniated
`as well
`as due
`discs,
`of Law at pp.
`Defendant's
`Memorandum
`51-53).
`Granite
`asserts
`Finally,
`to the decedent's
`estate
`for pre-impact
`awarded
`which
`spanned
`terror,
`only
`from that which
`would
`constitute
`compcñsation
`deviates
`reasonable
`
`to the
`
`history,
`reliance
`
`future
`and
`past
`of Dr.
`in the face
`elbow
`a fractured
`from 2007
`(see
`data
`the $500,000.00
`several
`(id
`
`seconds,
`at pp.
`
`53-55).
`
`materially
`
`defendant
`said
`to the application
`interposed
`by Kulka,
`Turning
`separately
`in progress
`to the storm
`regard
`the arguments
`set
`forth
`with
`by Granite
`error
`this
`verdict
`to utilize
`in failing
`court's
`and
`for
`an itemized
`same,
`a vacatur
`awards
`as excessive
`and
`the damage
`thus
`requiring
`of Law
`(see Defendant's
`at pp.
`Memorandum
`71-73;
`67-70,
`52-64,
`22-24,
`the
`challenges
`at ¶¶l43,144).
`Kulka
`in Support
`Additionally,
`specifically
`Wong
`as well
`called
`by the plaintiff,
`who was
`elicited
`from Detective
`of
`Cefalu,
`testimony
`propriety
`(see Defendant's
`of Granite
`on behalf
`of Herbert
`that
`appeared
`a civil
`who
`engineer
`Heller,
`asserts
`As to Detective
`Kulka
`34, 39-43).
`at pp. 25,
`of Law
`Memorandum
`Cefalu,
`29-31,
`the accident
`that
`not
`he did
`a reconstruction
`of
`admissions
`undertake
`given
`the detective's
`that
`actions
`did
`not
`contribute
`the decedent's
`his
`in such
`not an expert
`an area,
`was
`testimony
`at pp.
`Memorandum
`of Law
`have
`(see Defendant's
`been
`precluded
`the
`accident
`should
`this witness
`to Mr. Heller,
`Kulka
`maintains
`this
`erred
`in allowing
`34). With
`respect
`lack
`of expertise
`therein
`of a construction
`manager
`as to the duties
`his
`considering
`testify
`as well
`the emergency
`it was
`Kulka
`posits
`error
`in charging
`39-43).
`pp.
`
`measure,
`necessity
`assertions
`reduction
`
`casting
`thereof
`Affirmation
`
`Finally,
`
`doctrine,
`
`court
`
`-4-
`
`in large
`echoes,
`the
`doctrine,
`as those
`as well
`or substantial
`
`as
`
`to
`
`that
`and
`
`25,
`
`29-31,
`to
`at
`(id
`as in
`
`

`

`4/26/2016
`10:58
`AM
`25BOCA-GWFAX -> 212 809 7713
`FILED: NEW YORK COUNTY CLERK 03/18/2019 10:05 PM
`NYSCEF DOC. NO. 174
`
`INDEX NO. 153250/2015
`s
`6 or
`Page
`
`RECEIVED NYSCEF: 03/18/2019
`
`the Noseworthy
`giving
`conditions
`attendant
`parties'
`equal
`
`footing
`
`charge,
`on the day
`in relation
`
`the former
`with
`the accident,
`of
`to the facts
`
`inapplicable
`being
`and the latter
`being
`the accident
`
`to the adverse
`inappropriate
`at 32-38).
`(id
`
`weather
`given
`
`the
`
`surrounding
`
`The within
`applications
`in their
`set aside
`the verdict
`Toker
`Affirmation
`
`post-trial
`
`are opposed
`applications
`as by FXR,
`as well
`which
`entirety,
`as to liability
`(see Isaac Affirmation
`in Partial
`Opposition
`at ¶¶2-4).
`
`by the plaintiff,
`opposes
`only
`in Opposition
`
`who
`opposes
`branches
`those
`at Points
`I
`
`the
`
`to
`
`seeking
`through
`
`X;
`
`To set aside
`a court must
`a jury
`"conclude
`verdict,
`and permissible
`which
`could
`inferences
`reasoning
`possibly
`of
`by the jury
`conclusion
`basis
`the evidence
`on the
`reached
`45 NY2d
`[1978]).
`The
`499
`court
`has carefully
`Cards,
`493,
`the moving
`and
`based
`defendants
`finds
`no basis
`as to liability
`(id).
`
`thereon
`
`upon
`
`of
`
`at
`
`no valid
`is simply
`there
`that
`line
`to the
`rational
`lead
`[persons]
`trial"
`v Hallmark
`presented
`(Cohen
`considered
`arguments
`posited
`the
`by
`the jury's
`findings
`which
`to disturb
`
`is considered
`of damages,
`the
`respect
`with
`award
`a jury's
`thereto
`Addressing
`compensation"
`(CPLR
`would
`from what
`be reasoñãble
`"if
`it deviates
`materially
`of CPLR §5501(c)
`"appellate
`to the
`While
`the provisions
`are specifically
`that
`of
`review
`is equally
`this
`have
`appellate
`held
`courts
`throughout
`the state
`[1" Dept
`169 AD2d
`of New York;
`687
`to the trial
`applicable
`courts
`(Ramos
`v City
`687,
`1991]
`179 AD2d
`v Tedesco,
`Gen.
`805
`v Supermarkets
`[2d Dept
`Wendell
`Shurgan
`Corp.,
`1992];
`805,
`209 AD2d
`v Ide Hyundai,
`1015
`[4th
`1064
`Inya
`189 AD2d
`[3d Dept
`1993];
`1015,
`Inc.,
`1063,
`1994]).
`the
`an award
`Within
`the particular
`context
`Dept
`and
`for
`pain
`of
`suffering,
`reviewing
`prior
`to other
`the dollar
`award
`the challenged
`to compare
`amount
`is required
`court
`comprising
`(Donlon
`v City
`injuries
`similar
`and approved
`appellate-reviewed
`with
`sums
`awarded
`to plaintiffs
`13, 15 [1"
`284 AD2d
`91
`Glen
`v Wyassup-Laurel
`Dept
`Turuseta
`of New York,
`Corp.,
`104 AD3d
`When
`2013]).
`634
`; Kayes
`[2d Dept
`Dept
`741[2d
`AD3d
`632,
`739,
`2012]
`a new trial
`the trial
`be
`procedure
`that
`an award
`proper
`court
`determines
`mandates
`31
`ordered
`as to damages
`unless
`the plaintiff
`to a reduction
`(Zukowski
`v Gokhberg,
`301 AD2d
`580
`; McNeil
`Preferred
`Transp.
`634
`[2d Dept
`AD3d
`579,
`2006]
`v Stephen M Donis,
`150 AD2d
`4 16 [2d Dept
`1989]).
`; Anderson
`Dept
`
`issue
`
`excessive
`5501[c]).
`division,"
`
`referable
`standard
`
`2001];
`v Liberati,
`is excessive,
`consents
`v MCST
`D.P.M
`
`, P.C.,
`
`Co.,
`414,
`
`633,
`
`2003]
`

`
`;
`
`[2d
`
`court
`The
`has
`and finds
`parties
`herein
`sum of $6,000,000.00
`from that which
`would
`CPLR §5501[c]).
`
`reviewed
`and mindfully
`carefully
`Simon
`that where,
`as here, Mr.
`awarded
`for
`past
`and future
`pain
`reasóñable
`
`constitute
`
`compensation,
`
`and
`
`the arguments
`is claiming
`and
`suffering
`thus
`requiring
`
`purely
`indeed
`
`by the
`the
`
`referenced
`cases
`emotional
`deviates
`a remittitur
`
`injuries,
`materially
`( id ;
`
`awarded
`to the economic
`As
`damages
`and just
`to fair
`compensation
`is limited
`to the persons
`death
`for whose
`benefit
`240 AD2d
`637
`[2d Dept
`
`damages
`decedent's
`Tr. Auth.,
`
`635,
`
`1997]
`
`; Hyung
`
`death
`a wrongful
`"[i]n
`herein,
`injuries
`the pecuniary
`for
`brought"
`the action
`is
`Kee
`Lee
`
`action,
`
`of
`
`an award
`the
`from
`resulting
`v New York City
`(Klos
`v New York Hosp.
`118
`Queens,
`
`-5-
`
`

`

`4/26/2016
`10:58
`AM
`FILED: NEW YORK COUNTY CLERK 03/18/2019 10:05 PM
`25BOCA-GWFAX -> 212 809 7713
`NYSCEF DOC. NO. 174
`
`INDEX NO. 153250/2015
`Page
`7 of
`9
`RECEIVED NYSCEF: 03/18/2019
`
`damages
`"with
`documentation"
`
`2005]),
`
`certainty
`(2d Dept
`713
`
`711,
`
`reascñable
`(Karwacki
`"claims
`not
`
`as by submitting
`sucb
`certainty,
`Med
`v Astoria
`Anesthesia
`Assoc.,
`for
`such
`losses
`'must
`be ascertainable
`conjecture'"
`be based
`v Jamaica
`Serv.
`Corp.
`
`on
`Is. Airports
`
`(Bailey
`Limousine
`
`Long
`
`tax
`
`returns
`or other
`P. C., 23 AD3d
`a reasonable
`with
`Buses
`Co.,
`v Northwest
`
`438,
`
`relevant
`439
`degree
`210 AD2d
`
`Airlines,
`
`[2d Dept
`of
`
`192
`192,
`124 AD2d
`
`and any
`and may
`1994]
`quoting
`[2d Dept
`1986]).
`
`in the trial
`
`transcript,
`union
`benefits,
`including
`that
`the year
`which
`2007,
`during
`for
`union
`funded
`was
`benefits,
`"the market
`that
`and
`years,
`work."'
`be "plenty
`of
`would
`by the record
`and rather
`v Astoria
`at 192; Karwacki
`
`Leiken's
`
`Dr.
`funded
`
`as to the
`calculations
`were
`predicated
`both
`exceeded
`they
`indicator
`an accurate
`for
`union
`workers
`neither
`However,
`contradicted
`are directly
`Med
`Anesthesia
`
`Simons'
`
`and
`two
`
`industry
`
`past
`upon
`essentially
`the
`hours
`1200
`their
`respective
`of
`in this
`particular
`essential
`of
`these
`
`thereby
`P.C.,
`
`(Bailey
`supra
`
`v
`
`at
`
`Assoc.,
`
`earnings,
`to wit,
`to qualify
`for
`subsequent
`great"
`and there
`are supported
`Buses
`supra
`
`As recited
`lost
`
`future
`
`assumptions,
`necessary
`eamiñgs
`has been
`
`assumptions
`Jamaica
`439).
`
`Co.,
`
`Initially,
`
`establishes
`
`that
`
`899,
`work"
`
`during
`treasurer
`the time
`"feast
`or
`
`the record
`the Simons
`for
`which
`the years
`during
`those
`that
`less union
`each worked
`accrued
`hours
`members,
`significantly
`they
`on the anomalous
`of 2007
`exclusive
`renders
`year
`reliance
`Dr.
`Leiken's
`his
`78 AD3d
`[2d Dept
`v Michael
`speculative
`901
`Rienzi
`Janda
`Trust,
`(id.;
`for wallpaper
`be "plenty
`there
`would
`of
`conclusion
`that
`Dr.
`Leiken's
`"vagaries"
`to this
`the existence
`of which
`account
`for
`the
`attendant
`industry,
`v New York City
`Tr. Auth.,
`at 638).
`the trial
`supra
`(Klos
`Specifically,
`were members,
`of
`testified
`the Simons
`the local
`union
`of which
`of
`trial
`up-and-down
`and
`is "a very
`the paperhanging
`business
`was
`famine."3
`Mr.
`himself
`stated
`that
`"sometimes
`it's
`Simon
`Further,
`
`were
`
`union
`
`20072,
`
`and
`
`Moreover,
`to
`failed
`revealed
`
`during
`calculations
`2010]).
`hangers
`were
`plainly
`Michael
`Cafiero,
`and
`2006
`that
`between
`trade"
`and can be
`busy."4
`
`just
`
`not
`
`see Bakalor
`
`Affidavit
`
`in Support
`
`at Exh. C at pp. 345, 354, 355, 361-364,
`
`367, 372.
`
`2
`
`12 union hours in
`878 union hours in 2000,
`Charles Simon, worked
`As set forth in the record,
`the plaintiff,
`107
`in 2004, 56 union hours in 2005,
`103.5 union hours
`2001, 4.5 union hours in 2002, 21 union hours in 2003,
`the
`union hours in 2006, and 1292 union hours in 2007 (ld at pp. 354, 355, 364). With respect
`to the decedent,
`0 union hours
`to her husband, worked
`subsequent
`that Mrs. Simon, who became a union member
`record establishes
`in 2002, 93 union hours in 2003, 0 union hours in 2004 and 2005, 34 union hours in 2006, and 1273 union hours in
`2007 (id at pp. 354,704).
`
`3
`
`id at pp. 314, 315, 316, 319.
`
`4 id at p. 704.
`
`-6-
`
`

`

`4/26/2016
`10:58
`AM
`25BOCA-GWFAX -> 212 809 7713
`FILED: NEW YORK COUNTY CLERK 03/18/2019 10:05 PM
`NYSCEF DOC. NO. 174
`
`INDEX NO. 153250/2015
`Page
`8 of
`9
`RECEIVED NYSCEF: 03/18/2019
`
`Based
`
`upon
`
`the
`
`foregoing,
`
`it
`
`is hereby
`
`ORDERED,
`and Kulka,
`which
`and it
`DENIED;
`
`those
`that
`orders
`seek
`is further
`
`branches
`
`granting
`
`the applicanons
`of
`respectively
`a new trial
`as to the issue
`of
`
`by Granite
`interposed
`are hereby
`
`liability,
`
`as well
`
`vacating
`future
`economic
`economic
`
`following
`decision
`
`and
`
`of
`
`this
`
`as to damages,
`a new trial
`the application
`that
`interposed
`ORDERED,
`by Kulka
`seeking
`either
`seek
`as those
`orders
`which
`of
`the
`interposed
`application
`branches
`by Granite,
`for past
`to Charles
`or granting
`a remittitur
`Simon
`awarded
`as to the $6,000,000.00
`future
`to Charles
`pain
`and suffering,
`the $1,495,000.00
`past
`and
`for
`awarded
`Simon
`and future
`for past
`Simon
`of Julie
`and
`the $1,440,000.00
`to the Estate
`awarded
`loss,
`are hereby GRANTED
`a new trial
`as to the
`extent
`that
`is ordered
`to the
`loss,
`of a copy
`damages
`within
`30 days
`plaintiff's
`counsel
`after
`service
`upon
`unless,
`shall
`stipulation
`the plaintiff
`and order,
`with
`notice
`execute
`a written
`of entry,
`to a decrease
`in the jury's
`verdict
`as follows:
`for
`pain
`consenting
`(1)
`sum of $3,000,000.00
`and
`pain
`to $1,500,000.00;
`for
`future
`(2)
`$3,000,000.00
`to $1,500,000.00;
`future
`economic
`and
`for past
`(3)
`$1,495,000.00
`to $747,500.00;
`and
`future
`economic
`and
`for past
`(4)
`Simon
`to $720,000.00
`(Sequence
`from $1,440,000.00
`
`past
`
`suffering
`loss
`loss
`and
`
`023),
`
`from the
`and
`suffering
`from the
`sum of
`the sum of
`from
`to the Estate
`of Julie
`is further
`
`it
`
`##022,
`
`seek
`
`that
`ORDERED,
`interposed
`the applications
`respectively
`a new trial
`as to the $500,000.00
`awarded
`or a reduction
`are hereby
`it
`is further
`and
`
`pre-impact
`
`terror,
`
`DENIED;
`
`by Granite
`to the Estate
`
`and Kulka,
`Julie
`Simon
`
`which
`for
`
`of
`
`-ORDERED,
`the undersigned
`
`that
`
`a collateral
`source
`hearing
`at 9:30
`on June
`30, 2016
`a.m.
`
`before
`
`will
`
`be held
`
`pursuant
`
`to CPLR §4545(a)
`
`decision
`
`Dated:
`
`All
`applications
`and order
`of
`
`not
`specifically
`court.
`
`the
`
`addressed
`
`are denied.
`
`The
`
`foregoing
`
`constitutes
`
`the
`
`Mineola,
`April
`
`22,
`
`New York
`2016
`
`EN
`
`R:
`
`S. BROWN
`
`F REY
`.S.C.
`
`-7-
`
`

`

`4/26/2016
`10:58
`AM
`25BOCA-CWFAX -> 212 809 7713
`FILED: NEW YORK COUNTY CLERK 03/18/2019 10:05 PM
`NYSCEF DOC. NO. 174
`
`INDEX NO. 153250/2015
`Page
`9 of
`9
`
`RECEIVED NYSCEF: 03/18/2019
`
`Esq.
`LLP
`
`Rosenberg,
`& Gluck,
`Road
`NY
`
`for Plaintiff
`
`Attorney
`Ted M.
`
`Rosenberg
`1176 Portion
`
`11742
`
`Holtsville,
`631-451-7900
`6314517955@fax.nycourts.gov
`
`Esq.
`
`Julie
`
`for Plaintiff
`Attorney
`on counterclaim
`Nick
`Russo,
`& Russo
`Cartiglia
`Connolly
`Ste.
`1010
`Franklin
`Avenue,
`City, NY
`11530
`Garden
`516-877-0800
`5168730513@fax.nycourts.gov
`
`Simon
`
`200
`
`Granite
`
`& Lalezarian
`
`Ste.
`
`250
`
`for Defendants
`Esq.
`PC
`
`Attomey
`Richard
`Bakalor,
`& Bakalar,
`Quirk
`Ave.
`1325
`Franklin
`City, NY
`Garden
`212-319-1000
`2123191065@fax.nvcourts.gov
`
`Plaza,
`11530
`
`Construction
`
`& Rhoden,
`
`LLP
`
`Kulka
`
`for Defendant
`Attorney
`Esq.
`Michael
`Armienti,
`Guglielmo
`Armienti
`DeBellis
`Ste. 520
`39 Broadway,
`New York, NY
`10006
`212-809-7074
`2128097713@fax.nycourts.gov
`
`for Defendant
`Attorney
`Paul
`Esq.
`Fino,
`Fleischner
`White
`61 Broadway
`New York, NY
`212-487-9700
`
`& Fino
`
`10006
`
`FXR Construction
`
`-8-
`
`

This document is available on Docket Alarm but you must sign up to view it.


Or .

Accessing this document will incur an additional charge of $.

After purchase, you can access this document again without charge.

Accept $ Charge
throbber

Still Working On It

This document is taking longer than usual to download. This can happen if we need to contact the court directly to obtain the document and their servers are running slowly.

Give it another minute or two to complete, and then try the refresh button.

This document could not be displayed.

We could not find this document within its docket. Please go back to the docket page and check the link. If that does not work, go back to the docket and refresh it to pull the newest information.

Your account does not support viewing this document.

You need a Paid Account to view this document. Click here to change your account type.

Your account does not support viewing this document.

Set your membership status to view this document.

With a Docket Alarm membership, you'll get a whole lot more, including:

  • Up-to-date information for this case.
  • Email alerts whenever there is an update.
  • Full text search for other cases.
  • Get email alerts whenever a new case matches your search.

Become a Member

One Moment Please

The filing “” is large (MB) and is being downloaded.

Please refresh this page in a few minutes to see if the filing has been downloaded. The filing will also be emailed to you when the download completes.

Your document is on its way!

If you do not receive the document in five minutes, contact support at support@docketalarm.com.

Sealed Document

We are unable to display this document, it may be under a court ordered seal.

If you have proper credentials to access the file, you may proceed directly to the court's system using your government issued username and password.


Access Government Site

We are redirecting you
to a mobile optimized page.





Document Unreadable or Corrupt

Refresh this Document
Go to the Docket

We are unable to display this document.

Refresh this Document
Go to the Docket