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`NYSCEF DOC. NO. 192
`RECEIVED NYSCEF: 04/10/2019
`
`INDEX NO. 62770/2017
`
`OF THE
`COURT
`SUPREME
`OF WESTCHESTER
`COUNTY
`--------------------------------------------------------------X
`TURFSCAPES,
`
`LLC,
`
`STATE
`
`OF NEW YORK
`
`Plaintiff,
`
`-against-
`
`THE LANDTEK
`IRVINGTON
`HANOVER
`
`GROUP,
`FREE
`UNION
`INSURANCE
`
`ERICH
`INC.,
`SCHOOL
`COMPANY.
`
`GOLF,
`DISTRICT,
`
`LLC,
`
`and
`
`Defendants.
`---------------------------------------------------X
`
`COUNSELORS:
`
`Notice
`
`of Appeal
`
`Index
`
`No.:
`
`62770/2017
`
`Hon.
`
`Linda
`
`S. Jamieson,
`
`J.S.C.
`
`PLEASE
`
`TAKE
`
`NOTICE
`
`that
`
`co-defendants
`
`THE
`
`LANDTEK
`
`GROUP,
`
`INC.
`
`and
`
`HANOVER
`
`INSURANCE
`
`COMPANY
`
`hereby
`
`appeal
`
`to the Appellate
`
`Division
`
`of
`
`the Supreme
`
`Court
`
`of
`
`the
`
`State
`
`of New York,
`
`Second
`
`Judicial
`
`Department
`
`from
`
`a Judgment
`
`of
`
`the
`
`Supreme
`
`Westchester
`
`signed
`
`April
`
`8, 2019
`
`and
`
`received
`
`on April
`
`8, 2019
`
`Court,
`
`County,
`
`by NYSCEF
`
`(NYSCEF
`
`Doc
`
`#182);
`
`and,
`
`pursuant
`
`to CPLR
`
`5501(a)(2),
`
`from
`
`the
`
`underlying
`
`Decision
`
`and
`
`Order
`
`of
`
`the
`
`Supreme
`
`Court,
`
`Westchester
`
`County,
`
`dated
`
`February
`
`25,
`
`2019
`
`and
`
`received
`
`by
`
`NYSCEF
`
`on March
`
`4, 2019
`
`(NYSCEF
`
`Doc
`
`#154).
`
`Dated:
`
`White
`
`April
`
`Plains,
`9, 2019
`
`New York
`
`Yours,
`
`etc.,
`
`WELBY,
`
`BRA
`
`V & GREENBLATT,
`
`LLP
`
`By:
`
`John
`
`J. P. Krol
`
`A orneys
`
`for
`
`co-Defendants
`
`e LandTek
`
`Group,
`
`Inc.
`
`and
`
`Insurance
`
`Hanover
`
`11 Martine
`
`Company
`15th
`Floor
`Avenue,
`New York
`
`Plains,
`428-2100
`
`White
`
`(914)
`
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`TO:
`
`VIA
`
`First-Class
`
`Mail
`
`Clerk
`
`of
`
`the Trial
`
`Court
`
`to the Hon.
`
`Linda
`
`S. Jamieson,
`
`J.S.C.
`
`Commercial
`
`Division
`
`Supreme
`
`Court
`
`of
`
`the State
`
`111 Dr. Martin
`
`White
`
`Plains,
`
`Luther
`New York
`
`King,
`
`of New York,
`Jr. Boulevard
`
`County
`
`of Westchester
`
`VIA
`
`NYSCEF
`
`and
`
`First-Class
`
`Mail
`
`LLP
`
`Justin
`
`Bleakley
`Attorneys
`
`Defendant
`
`Esq.
`M. Gardner,
`Platt & Schmidt,
`for
`Turfscapes,
`LLC
`
`Plaintiff
`Erich
`
`Golf
`Avenue
`Lexington
`NY 10601
`
`One North
`
`White
`
`Plains,
`
`VIA
`
`First-Class
`
`Mail
`
`LLC and for
`
`LLP
`LLC and for
`
`James
`
`Musi,
`Attorneys
`
`Defendant
`
`21 West
`
`Media,
`
`J. Merkins,
`Malone
`
`for
`
`Esq.
`& Daubenberger,
`Turfscapes,
`Plaintiff
`LLC
`Erich
`
`Golf
`Street
`Third
`PA 19063
`
`VIA
`
`NYSCEF
`
`and
`
`First-Class
`
`Mail
`
`Thomas
`
`Ingerman
`
`Scapoli,
`Smith
`
`Esq.
`
`LLP
`
`Attorneys
`
`for
`
`co-Defendant
`
`Irvington
`
`Union
`
`Free
`
`School
`
`District
`
`550 Mamaroneck
`Avenue,
`New York
`10528
`
`Harrison,
`
`Suite
`
`209
`
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`9upreme
`
`Glaurt
`
`af
`
`t1e
`
`9tate
`
`of New Work
`
`Appellate
`
`Binision:
`
`Second
`
`Informational
`
`Statement
`
`(Pursuant
`
`dJubicial
`to 22 NYCRR
`
`1250.3
`
`[a])
`
`Bepartment
`- Civil
`
`SeÈðñh
`à¶lile:
`Cas
`show cause by which
`
`f th EdiE as it
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`thel
`the matter was or
`is to be
`
`iÈirs o
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`notic
`mmens,
`or as amended.
`
`etitiolf6Ebrder
`
`to
`
`For Court
`
`of Original
`
`instance
`
`TURFSCAPES,
`
`LLC,
`
`Plaintiff,
`
`- against
`
`-
`
`THE
`FREE
`
`LANDTEK
`SCHOOL
`
`GROUP,
`DISTRICT,
`
`ERICH
`GOLF,
`INC.,
`and HANOVER
`Defendants.
`
`UNION
`IRVINGTON
`LLC,
`INSURANCE
`COMPANY,
`
`Date Notice of Appeal Filed
`
`For App
`
`!! A Division
`
`Action
`Civil
`O CPLR article
`
`75 Arbitration
`
`O CPLR article
`78 Proceeding
`O Special Proceeding
`Other
`O Habeas Corpus Proceeding
`
`E Appeal
`O Original
`Proceedings
`O CPLR Article 78
`O Eminent Domain
`O Labor Law 220 or 220-b
`O Public Officers Law § 36
`O Real Property Tax Law § 1278
`
`O Transferred
`Proceeding
`O CPLR Article 78
`Executive Law § 298
`O CPLR 5704 Review
`
`r5mW55mR55555
`
`-
`
`.
`
`.
`
`e
`
`.
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`..
`
`..
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`-..
`
`.
`
`.
`
`-
`
`-
`
`,.
`
`-
`
`.
`
`-
`
`.
`
`O Administrative
`O Declaratory
`O Family
`O Real
`(other
`
`Court
`
`Property
`than
`foreclosure)
`
`Review
`
`Judgment
`
`O Business
`O Domestic
`O Mortgage
`E Statutory
`
`Relationships
`
`Relations
`
`Foreclosure
`
`E Commercial
`O Election
`Law
`O Miscellaneous
`O Taxation
`
`M Contracts
`O Estate
`O Prisoner
`O Torts
`
`Matters
`
`Discipline
`
`& Parole
`
`Informational
`
`Statement
`
`- Civil
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`Paper
`
`Appealed
`
`From (Check
`
`one only):
`
`Decree
`Judgement
`
`Order
`
`O Amended
`O Amended
`O Amended
`O Decision
`O Decree
`
`O Determination
`O Finding
`O Interlocutory
`O Interlocutory
`O Judgment
`
`Court:
`Dated:
`Judge
`
`Stage:
`
`Court
`
`Supreme
`04/08/2019
`Linda S. Jamieson,
`(name
`in full):Hon.
`O Interlocutory
`a
`O Final
`Post-Final
`Prior Unperfected
`
`J.S.C.
`
`Decree
`
`Judgment
`
`Appeal
`
`taken
`than
`from more
`notice
`of
`of appeal,
`this
`filing
`for each
`such
`information
`from on a separate
`sheet
`O Resettled
`O Ruling
`O Other
`
`or
`
`order
`one
`please
`or
`order
`of paper.
`
`Order
`
`(specify):
`
`B
`
`if Yes: R Jury
`
`Non-Jury
`
`If an appeal
`judgment
`indicate
`judgment
`O Order
`Order
`O Partial
`O Resettled
`O Resettled
`
`has been
`by the
`below
`the
`appealed
`
`& Judgment
`
`Decree
`Decree
`Judgment
`
`Westchester
`
`County:
`Entered:04/08/2019
`62770/2017
`Index No.:
`Yes O No
`a
`Trial:
`Case Information
`
`and Related
`
`Are any appeals
`If Yes, please
`set
`
`arising
`forth
`
`same
`in the
`the Appellate
`
`action
`Division
`
`or proceeding
`Case Number
`
`currently
`assigned
`
`pending
`to each
`
`in the
`such
`
`court?
`appeal.
`
`O Yes
`
`S No
`
`Where
`
`whether
`indicate
`appropriate,
`the
`status
`and if so,
`of
`jurisdiction,
`
`the
`
`there
`case:
`
`is any
`
`related
`
`action
`
`or proceeding
`
`now in any
`
`court
`
`of
`
`this
`
`or any other
`
`Commenced
`Statute
`
`by:
`
`authorizing
`
`to Show Cause O Notice
`O Order
`of Petition
`commencement
`in the Appellate
`of proceeding
`
`O Writ
`Division:
`
`of Habeas
`
`Corpus
`
`Date
`
`Filed:
`
`Court:
`Judge
`
`Court:
`Judge
`
`Choose
`
`Court
`
`(name
`
`in full):
`
`Choose
`
`Court
`
`(name
`
`in full):
`
`Choose
`
`Countv
`
`of Transfer
`
`Date
`
`Choose
`
`County
`
`County:
`Order
`
`County:
`Dated:
`
`briefly
`the motion
`
`If an appeal,
`Description:
`and whether
`requested
`to CPLR 7804(g),
`pursuant
`the
`ex parte
`order
`of
`nature
`Judgmeñt
`entered
`Money
`April
`8, 2019
`(NYSCEF
`signed
`Decision
`the underlying
`(2),
`HANOVER
`motion
`(NYSCEF
`
`the
`describe
`was granted
`describe
`the
`briefly
`to be reviewed.
`against
`co-defendants,
`Doc #182),
`implicating
`dated
`and Order
`February
`Doc #131
`through
`#153)
`
`If
`from.
`appealed
`paper
`If an original
`or denied.
`proceeding
`object
`If an application
`of proceeding.
`
`the
`
`appeal
`
`is from an order,
`specify
`in this
`commenced
`under
`CPLR 5704,
`
`the
`court
`
`briefly
`
`relief
`or
`transferred
`the
`describe
`
`THE LANDTEK
`and HANOVER
`INC.
`GROUP,
`NYSCEF
`Doc ## 166,
`and
`180; and
`167,
`179,
`25, 2019
`(NYSCEF
`Doc #154)
`which
`DENIED
`in its entirety.
`
`INSURANCE
`COMPANY,
`to CPLR
`pursuant
`5501(a)
`the
`LANDTEK
`and
`
`Informational
`
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`for CPLR 5704
`
`review,
`
`the
`
`grounds
`
`of
`line
`reasoning,
`and HANOVER
`and HANOVER
`(NYSCEF
`Doc
`Doc #179)
`does
`a "true
`extract
`of
`
`on the
`to be raised
`proposed
`issues
`the
`Issues:
`or application
`proceeding,
`appeal,
`Specify
`to be advanced
`on appeal.
`relief
`sought
`and the
`specific
`or modification
`for
`reversal,
`had no valid
`the jury
`the issue
`that
`will
`LANDTEK
`and HANOVER
`Co-defendants
`and
`raise
`co-appellants,
`of LANDTEK
`nor pmmissible
`to base
`as to quantum.
`It
`is the position
`on which
`its determination
`iñfereñce,
`LANDTEK
`that
`the jury
`arrived
`at an arithmetic
`when
`to the weight
`of
`the evidence.
`compared
`inconsistency
`the issue
`(NYSCEF
`the judgmeñt
`will
`raise
`the verdict
`sheet
`indicates
`in connection
`the jury,
`with
`that
`#167)
`(NYSCEF
`did not
`return
`on behalf
`the March
`26, 2019
`Extract
`a verdict
`of TURFSCAPES,
`LLC and that
`#182)
`not
`and differs
`the initial March
`(NYSCEF
`Doc #166),
`which
`was
`Extract
`19, 2019
`reflect,
`from,
`significantly
`the minutes"
`and which
`the verdict
`referenced
`sheet.
`The
`verdict
`sheet
`(NYSCEF
`can not and does
`Doc #167)
`the Judgment
`be vacated.
`must
`Therefore,
`can
`neither
`nor HANOVER
`LANDTEK
`Consequently,
`co-defendants
`and co-appellants
`LANDTEK
`alternative,
`
`not support
`
`the Judgment
`
`entered
`
`(NYSCEF
`
`Doc #182).
`
`resposible
`be deemed
`and HANOVER
`seek
`
`to TURFSCAPES
`a new trial.
`
`(NYSCEF
`
`Doc #180).
`
`In the
`
`Fill
`
`of each
`name
`in the
`Instructions:
`the
`the
`status
`of
`indicate
`appeal,
`form is to be filed
`for
`a proceeding
`court.
`
`party
`in the
`party
`commenced
`
`to the
`court
`
`name
`one
`or proceeding,
`action
`instance
`and his, her,
`of original
`in this
`the
`party's
`fill
`in only
`
`court,
`
`If
`
`line.
`per
`its status
`or
`and
`name
`
`for
`form is to be filed
`this
`If this
`in this
`if any.
`its status
`in this
`
`court,
`or
`his, her,
`
`an
`
`Party Name
`
`LLC
`
`TURFSCAPES,
`THE LANDTEK
`ERICH GOLF,
`IRVINGTON
`HANOVER
`
`INC.
`
`GROUP,
`LLC
`UNION FREE SCHOOL
`INSURANCE
`COMPANY
`
`Original
`
`Status
`
`Plaintiff
`Defendant
`Defendant
`Defendant
`Defendant
`
`Appellate
`B Respondent
`8 Appellant
`B None
`8 None
`B Appellant
`
`Division
`
`Status
`
`5
`B
`8
`B
`B
`
`DISTRICT
`
`No.
`1
`2
`3
`4
`5
`
`6 7 8 9
`
`10
`11
`12
`13
`14
`15
`16
`17
`18
`19
`20
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`
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`AttdEney Worrh3tior
`
`or
`attorneys
`the
`of
`names
`in the
`Fill
`Instructions:
`to show cause
`or order
`notice
`of petition
`by which
`for
`of
`the
`the
`the
`petitioner
`name
`attorney
`"Pro Se" must
`be checked
`the
`box marked
`provided.
`spaces
`
`only
`himself,
`in the
`
`respective
`
`the
`
`for
`firms
`a special
`proceeding
`be provided.
`need
`and the appropriate
`
`form is to be filed with
`this
`If
`parties.
`in the Appellate
`is to be commenced
`In the
`event
`a litigant
`represents
`that
`information
`litigant
`must
`for
`that
`
`the
`
`Division,
`herself
`be supplied
`
`or
`
`Justin M. Gardner,
`Name:
`Attorney/Firm
`One North Lexington
`Avenue
`Address:
`City: White Plains
`State:
`JGardner@bpslaw.com
`E-mail
`Address:
`a
`
`Type:
`Attorney
`or Parties
`Party
`
`Represented
`
`Retained
`(set
`forth
`
`J. Merkins,
`
`Name:
`James
`21 West Third Street
`
`Attorney/Firm
`Address:
`City: Media
`E-mail
`Address:
`
`Type:
`Attorney
`or Parties
`Party
`
`Esq.
`
`/ Bleakley
`
`Platt & Schmidt,
`
`LLP
`
`NY
`
`Zip:
`
`10601
`
`Telephone
`
`No: 914.287.6169
`
`O Assigned
`party
`number(s)
`/ Musi, Malone & Daubenberger,
`
`O Government
`from table
`above):
`
`Esq.
`
`O Pro Hac Vice
`
`O Pro Se
`1 & 3
`
`LLP
`
`PA
`
`Zip:
`
`19063
`
`Telephone
`
`No: 610.891.8806
`
`O Assigned
`
`O Government
`from table
`above):
`
`O Pro Se
`1 & 3
`
`O Pro Hac Vice
`
`LLP
`
`State:
`JJM@mmdlawfirm.com
`a
`
`Retained
`(set
`forth
`
`Represented
`
`number(s)
`party
`/ Welby, Brady & Greenblatt,
`
`John J.P. Krol
`Name:
`Attorney/Firm
`PTH
`11 Martine Avenue,
`Address:
`City: White Plains
`Address:
`E-mail
`
`State:
`
`NY
`
`Zip:
`
`10606
`
`Te|êphoñê
`
`No:
`
`914.428.2100
`
`JKrol@WBGLLP.com
`a
`
`Represented
`
`O Assigned
`party
`number(s)
`/ Ingerman
`Esq.
`Scapoli,
`Suite 209
`Avenue,
`NY
`State:
`TScapoli@ingermansmith.com
`a
`
`Thomas
`Name:
`Attorney/Firm
`550 Mamaroneck
`Address:
`City: Harrison
`Address:
`E-mail
`
`Type:
`Attorney
`or Parties
`
`Party
`
`Type:
`Attorney
`or Parties
`Party
`
`Attorney/Firm
`Address:
`City:
`E-mail
`
`Address:
`
`Type:
`Attorney
`or Parties
`Party
`
`Attorney/Firm
`Address:
`City:
`E-mail
`
`Address:
`
`Type:
`Attorney
`or Parties
`Party
`
`Retained
`(set
`
`forth
`
`Retained
`(set
`forth
`
`O Assigned
`party
`number(s)
`
`O Government
`from table
`above):
`
`O Pro Se
`2 & 5
`
`O Pro Hac Vice
`
`Smith
`
`LLP
`
`Zip:
`
`10528
`
`Telephone
`
`No: 914.777.1134
`
`O Government
`above):
`from table
`
`O Pro Se
`4
`
`O Pro Hac Vice
`
`Represented
`
`Name:
`
`Represented
`
`Name:
`
`State:
`
`Zip:
`
`Telephone
`
`No:
`
`O Retained
`(set
`forth
`
`O Assigned
`party
`number(s)
`
`O Government
`from table
`above):
`
`O Pro Se
`
`O Pro Hac Vice
`
`State:
`
`Zip:
`
`Telephone
`
`No:
`
`O Retained
`(set
`forth
`
`O Assigned
`party
`number(s)
`
`O Government
`from table
`above):
`
`Represented
`
`O Pro Se
`
`O Pro Hac Vice
`
`Informational
`
`Statement
`
`- Civil
`
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`
`OF THE STATE
`COURT
`SUPREME
`OF WESTCHESTER
`COUNTY
`__..--------------------
`
`OF NEW YORK
`
`---X
`
`TURFSCAPES,
`
`LLC,
`
`Index
`
`No.:
`
`62770/2017
`
`Plaintiff,
`
`-against-
`
`JUDGMENT
`
`THE LANDTEK
`IRVINGTON
`HANOVER
`
`GROUP,
`UNION
`FREE
`INSURANCE
`
`ERICH
`fNC.,
`SCHOOL
`COMPANY.
`
`GOLF,
`DISTRICT
`
`LLC,
`and
`
`____________
`
`Defendant.
`_________________.....---X
`
`WHEREAS
`
`the
`
`above-entitled
`
`action
`
`having
`
`come
`
`on for
`
`a jury
`
`trial
`
`before
`
`Hon.
`
`Linda
`
`S. Jamieson,
`
`J.S.C.,
`
`at
`
`the Supreme
`
`Court
`
`of
`
`the State
`
`of New York,
`
`County
`
`of Westchester,
`
`located
`
`at 1 1 I Dr. Martin
`
`Luther
`
`King,
`
`Jr. Boulevard,
`
`White
`
`Plains,
`
`New York,
`
`on the 25th,
`
`26th,
`
`27th
`
`and 28th
`
`days
`
`of September,
`
`2018;
`
`WHEREAS
`
`at
`
`conclusion
`
`of
`
`trial
`
`a verdict
`
`on September
`
`the
`
`the
`
`the jury
`
`returned
`
`28,
`
`2018,
`
`in favor
`
`of Plaintiff
`
`TURFSCAPES,
`
`LLC
`
`on its claims
`
`against
`
`Defendants
`
`THE LANDTEK
`
`GROUP,
`
`INC.
`
`and HANOVER
`
`INSURANCE
`
`COMPANY
`
`and awarded
`
`Plaintiff
`
`TURFSCAPES,
`
`LLC
`
`damages
`
`in the
`
`amount
`
`$519,369.08;
`
`and
`
`WHEREAS
`
`in a Decision
`
`and Order
`
`of
`
`the Hon.
`
`Linda
`
`S. Jamieson,
`
`J.S.C.,
`
`dated
`
`February
`
`25, 2019
`
`and
`
`entered
`
`on March
`
`4, 2019,
`
`annexed
`
`hereto
`
`as Exhibit
`
`the Court
`
`1,
`
`fixed
`
`the date
`
`of
`
`the breach
`
`of contract
`
`as February
`
`21, 2017
`
`pursuant
`
`to CPLR § 5001(c)
`
`and awarded
`
`9% interest
`
`per annum,
`
`from February
`
`21, 2017;
`
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`
`NOW,
`
`on
`
`the motion
`
`of
`
`Bleakley
`
`Platt
`
`& Schmidt,
`
`LLP,
`
`attorneys
`
`for
`
`Plaintiff
`
`TURFSCAPES,
`
`LLC,
`
`for
`
`a Judgment,
`
`it
`
`is
`
`ORDERED,
`
`ADJUDGED,
`
`AND DECREED
`
`that Plaintiff
`
`TURFSCAPES,
`
`LLC,
`
`which
`
`is a New Jersey
`
`limited
`
`liability
`
`company
`
`with
`
`a principal
`
`place
`
`of business
`
`located
`
`at 3477
`
`South
`
`Black
`
`Horse
`
`Pike, Williamstown,
`
`New Jersey
`
`08094,
`
`have
`
`judgment
`
`against
`
`Defendant
`
`THE
`
`LANDTEK
`
`GROUP,
`
`INC.,
`
`a New York
`
`business
`
`corporation
`
`with
`
`a principal
`
`place
`
`of business
`
`located
`
`at 235
`
`County
`
`Line
`
`Road,
`
`Amityville,
`
`New York
`
`11701,
`
`and
`
`Defendant
`
`HANOVER
`
`INSURANCE
`
`corporation
`
`with
`
`a principal
`
`place
`
`of
`
`COMPANY,
`
`a New Hampshire
`
`business
`
`business
`
`located
`
`at 400
`
`Atrium
`
`Drive,
`
`Somerset,
`
`New Jersey
`
`08873,
`
`jointly
`
`and
`
`severally,
`
`in the
`
`principal
`
`sum of $519,369.08,
`
`with
`
`interest
`
`at
`
`the judicial
`
`rate
`
`of 9% per annum
`
`from the date
`
`of
`
`the breach
`
`of contract,
`
`February
`
`21, 2017,
`
`to the date
`
`of entry
`
`of Judgment,
`
`April
`
`8_, 2019,
`
`which
`
`interest
`
`totals
`
`$
`
`3 Ÿ 7,
`
`3fo
`
`, together
`
`with
`
`costs
`
`and
`
`disbursements
`
`as taxed
`
`in the sum
`
`of $1,350.00
`
`pursuant
`
`to the Bill
`
`of Costs
`
`annexed
`
`hereto
`
`as Exhibit
`
`2, making
`
`in all
`
`the
`
`sum of
`
`$ 6,20
`
`09
`
`(3. H M , and
`
`that Plaintiff
`
`have
`
`execution
`
`therefor.
`
`Judgment
`
`signed
`
`this
`
`3__
`
`day
`
`of April,
`
`2019.
`
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`SUPREME
`COUNTY
`
`COURT
`OF THE
`OF WESTCHESTER
`
`STATE
`
`OF NEW YORK
`
`PRESENT:
`HON.
`LINDA
`--------------------------------------x
`TURFSCAPES,
`LLC,
`
`S.
`
`JAMI ESON
`
`.
`
`-against-
`
`Plaintif
`
`f
`
`,
`
`THE LANDTEK
`IRVINGTON
`HANOVER
`
`INC.
`, ERICH
`GROUP,
`GOLF,
`UNION
`FREE
`SCHOOL
`DISTRICT
`INSURANCE
`COMPANY,
`
`LLC,
`and
`
`- - - - , - - - - - - - - - -...,
`
`- - - - - - - - - - - - --
`
`- - -..
`
`- - -x
`
`Defendants.
`
`Index
`
`No.
`
`62770/17
`
`DECISION
`
`AND ORDER
`
`The
`
`following
`
`papers
`
`numbered
`
`1
`
`to
`
`5 were
`
`read
`
`on
`
`these
`
`motions:
`
`Paper
`
`Notice
`
`Notice
`
`of
`
`of
`
`.
`
`Motion,
`
`Affidavit
`
`and
`
`Exhibits
`
`Cross-Motion,
`
`Affirmation
`
`and
`
`Exhibits
`
`Af
`
`f
`
`idavit
`
`in
`
`Support
`
`of
`
`Number
`
`1
`
`2
`
`3
`
`Memorandum
`
`Law
`
`in
`
`Opposition
`
`and
`
`in
`
`Support
`
`Reply
`
`Affirmation
`
`and
`
`Exhibit
`
`There
`
`are
`
`two
`
`post-verdict
`
`motions
`
`before
`
`the
`
`Court
`
`4
`
`5
`
`in
`
`this
`
`action.
`
`As
`
`background,
`
`the
`
`Court
`
`previously
`
`held
`
`that
`
`Irvington
`
`Union
`
`Free
`
`School
`
`District
`
`("Irvington")1
`
`entered
`
`into
`
`a
`
`contract
`
`with
`
`defendant
`
`The
`
`Landtek
`
`Group,
`
`Inc.
`
`( "Landtek"
`
`)
`
`for
`
`various
`
`improvements
`
`to
`
`its
`
`fields
`
`and
`
`facilities.
`
`Landtek
`
`entered
`
`into
`
`AThe Court
`
`dismissed
`
`Irvington
`
`from
`
`the
`
`action
`
`prior
`
`to
`
`trial.
`
`1
`
`of
`
`5
`
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`154
`
`DOC.
`
`COÜNTY
`
`CLERIt™Ö9/W4
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`03/04/2019
`
`:
`
`a
`
`subcontract
`
`with
`
`defendant
`
`Erich
`
`Golf,
`
`LLC
`
`("Erich").
`
`Erich
`
`then
`
`entered
`
`into
`
`a
`
`sub-subcontract
`
`with
`
`plaintiff.
`
`After
`
`trial,
`
`the
`
`jury
`
`found
`
`that
`
`Landtek
`
`owed
`
`plaintiff
`
`$519,369
`
`for
`
`the
`
`East
`
`Field
`
`component
`
`of
`
`the
`
`project.
`
`This
`
`is
`
`the
`
`amount
`
`that
`
`plaintiff
`
`issue
`
`sought
`
`at
`
`trial.
`
`The
`
`parties
`
`agreed
`
`to
`
`submit
`
`the
`
`to
`
`the
`
`of
`
`interest
`
`Court.
`
`Landtek's
`
`motion
`
`seeks
`
`to
`
`set
`
`aside
`
`the
`
`portion
`
`of
`
`the
`
`verdict
`
`that
`
`awarded
`
`plaintiff
`
`$519,369,
`
`contending
`
`that
`
`$260,869
`
`is
`
`to
`
`the
`
`appropriate
`
`amount
`
`of
`
`damages.
`
`Plaintiff's
`
`motion
`
`seeks
`
`fix
`
`the
`
`date
`
`of
`
`pre-verdict
`
`interest
`
`at
`
`February
`
`21,
`
`2017,
`
`setting
`
`pre-verdict,
`
`post-verdict,
`
`and
`
`post-judgment
`
`interest
`
`one
`
`percent
`
`per
`
`month
`
`pursuant
`
`to
`
`General
`
`Municipal
`
`Law
`
`§ 106-
`
`and
`
`at
`
`Business
`
`Law
`
`b(2)
`
`and
`
`General
`
`§ 756-b(1)
`
`(b).
`
`"Under
`
`CPLR
`
`4404(a),
`
`a
`
`trial
`
`court
`
`has
`
`the
`
`discretion
`
`to
`
`order
`
`a new
`
`trial
`
`'in
`
`the
`
`interest
`
`In
`
`considering
`
`whether
`
`to
`
`exercise
`
`of
`
`its
`
`justice'
`
`(CPLR
`
`4404[a]).
`
`discretionary
`
`power
`
`to
`
`order
`
`a new
`
`trial
`
`based
`
`on
`
`errors
`
`at
`
`trial,
`
`the
`
`court
`
`must
`
`decide
`
`whether
`
`substantial
`
`justice
`
`has
`
`been
`
`done,
`
`whether
`
`it
`
`is
`
`likely
`
`affected
`
`look
`
`to
`
`its
`
`own
`
`that
`
`the
`
`verdict
`
`has
`
`been
`
`and
`
`must
`
`common
`
`sense,
`
`experience
`
`and
`
`sense
`
`of
`
`fairness
`
`rather
`
`than
`
`to
`
`precedents
`
`in
`
`arriving
`
`at
`
`a decision."
`
`Lariviere
`
`v.
`
`New
`
`York
`
`City
`
`Transit
`
`Auth.,
`
`131
`
`A.D.3d
`
`1130,
`
`1132,
`
`17 N.Y.S.3d
`
`(2d
`
`Dept.
`
`2015).
`
`It
`
`is
`
`well-settled
`
`that
`
`the
`
`standard
`
`155
`
`153,
`
`for
`
`setting
`
`aside
`
`a
`
`jury
`
`verdict
`
`is
`
`"whether
`
`the
`
`evidence
`
`so
`
`2
`
`2
`
`of
`
`5
`
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`NYSCEF:
`04/08/2019
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`DOC.
`NO.
`182
`
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`
`FILED:
`NYSCEF
`
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`
`COUNTY
`
`DOC.
`
`NO.
`
`154
`
`CLER
`RECEIVED
`
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`03/04/2019
`
`preponderates
`
`in
`
`favor
`
`of
`
`the
`
`movant
`
`that
`
`the
`
`verelict
`
`could
`
`not
`
`have
`
`been
`
`reached
`
`upon
`
`any
`
`Eair
`
`interpretation
`
`of
`
`the
`
`evidence.
`
`Resolution
`
`of
`
`the
`
`motion
`
`does
`
`not
`
`involve
`
`a question
`
`of
`
`law,
`
`but
`
`rather
`
`requires
`
`a
`
`discretionary
`
`balancing
`
`of
`
`many
`
`factors.
`
`Moreover,
`
`great
`
`deference
`
`is
`
`accorded
`
`to
`
`the
`
`fact-finding
`
`and
`
`function
`
`of
`
`the
`
`jury,
`
`determinations
`
`regarding
`
`the
`
`of
`
`to
`
`witnesses
`
`are
`
`for
`
`the
`
`factfinders,
`
`who
`
`had
`
`the
`
`see
`
`and
`
`hear
`
`the
`
`witnesses."
`
`Vatalaro
`
`v.
`
`Cty.
`
`of
`
`163
`
`A.D.3d
`
`891,
`
`892,
`
`81 N.Y.S.3d
`
`444,
`
`446
`
`(2d
`
`Dept.
`
`credibility
`
`opportunity
`
`Suffolk,
`
`2018).
`
`Landtek
`
`claims
`
`that
`
`the
`
`jury
`
`erred
`
`by making
`
`an
`
`"arithmetic
`
`inconsistency
`
`when
`
`compared
`
`to
`
`the
`
`weight
`
`of
`
`the
`
`evidence
`
`,"
`
`in
`
`that
`
`well
`
`the
`
`jury
`
`failed
`
`to
`
`deduct
`
`$376,500
`
`that
`
`it
`
`already
`
`paid,
`
`as
`
`the
`
`additional
`
`amounts
`
`of
`
`$28,000
`
`to
`
`be
`
`paid
`
`to
`
`Erich
`
`as
`
`and
`
`the
`
`$48,000
`
`paid
`
`in
`
`settlement.
`
`However,
`
`the
`
`document
`
`to
`
`which
`
`Landtek
`
`cites
`
`in
`
`support
`
`of
`
`its
`
`position
`
`shows
`
`that
`
`the
`
`$376,500
`
`was
`
`paid
`
`to
`
`Erich,
`
`not
`
`plaintiff.
`
`Plaintiff's
`
`expert
`
`testified
`
`amount
`
`damages
`
`was
`
`and
`
`that
`
`the
`
`appropriate
`
`of
`
`$519,369.08,
`
`explained
`
`exactly
`
`how
`
`he
`
`had
`
`arrived
`
`at
`
`this
`
`number.
`
`Plainly,
`
`the
`
`jury
`
`agreed
`
`that
`
`this
`
`number
`
`was
`
`correct,
`
`and
`
`rejected
`
`Landtek's
`
`position.
`
`A review
`
`of
`
`these
`
`papers
`
`demonstrates
`
`that
`
`"there
`
`was
`
`a valid
`
`line
`
`of
`
`reasoning
`
`and
`
`permissible
`
`inferences
`
`from
`
`which
`
`the
`
`jury
`
`could
`
`reach
`
`the
`
`conclusion"
`
`that
`
`it
`
`did.
`
`3
`
`3
`
`of
`
`5
`
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`RECEIVED NYSCEF: 04/10/2019
`04/08/2019
`RECEIVED
`NYSCEF:
`182
`NYSCEF
`DOC.
`NO.
`
`INDEX NO. 62770/2017
`
`fËTLED:
`NYSCEF
`
`WESTCHESTER
`NO.
`
`154
`
`DOC.
`
`COU
`
`T
`
`CLERKlTBV04/2019'2
`
`3
`
`RECEIVED
`
`NYSCEF:
`
`03/04/2019
`
`Gore
`
`v.
`
`Cardany,
`
`2018
`
`WL
`
`6627037,
`
`at
`
`*2
`
`(2d
`
`Dept.
`
`Dec.
`
`19,
`
`2018).
`
`Accordingly,
`
`the
`
`Court
`
`denies
`
`Landtek's
`
`motion
`
`in
`
`its
`
`entirety.
`
`As
`
`for
`
`plaintiff's
`
`motion,
`
`the
`
`Court
`
`begins
`
`by
`
`observing
`
`that
`
`Landtek
`
`does
`
`not
`
`appear
`
`to
`
`oppose
`
`plaintiff's
`
`request
`
`that
`
`interest
`
`begins
`
`the
`
`Court
`
`find
`
`that
`
`the
`
`applicable
`
`date
`
`on which
`
`to
`
`is
`
`accrue
`
`is
`
`February
`
`21,
`
`2017,
`
`the
`
`date
`
`that
`
`plaintiff
`
`asserts
`
`the
`
`date
`
`of
`
`breach.
`
`The
`
`Court
`
`thus
`
`grants
`
`this
`
`aspect
`
`of
`
`the
`
`motion.
`
`With
`
`respect
`
`to
`
`plaintiff's
`
`contention
`
`that
`
`the
`
`Court
`
`should
`
`ignore
`
`CPLR
`
`§ 5004,
`
`which
`
`provides
`
`for
`
`9% interest
`
`and
`
`instead
`
`General
`
`Municipal
`
`Law
`
`per
`
`and
`
`annum,
`
`apply
`
`§ 106-b(2)
`
`General
`
`Business
`
`Law
`

`
`756-b(1)
`
`(b),
`
`for
`
`an
`
`interest
`
`rate
`
`of
`
`1%
`
`per
`
`month,
`
`the
`
`Court
`
`notes
`
`that
`
`plaintiff
`
`cites
`
`no
`
`caselaw
`
`for
`
`this
`
`proposition.
`
`Research
`
`has
`
`not
`
`revealed
`
`any
`
`cases
`
`that
`
`would
`
`require
`
`the
`
`Court
`
`to
`
`apply
`
`any
`
`other
`
`interest
`
`rate
`
`other
`
`than
`
`the
`
`9%.
`
`thus
`
`denies
`
`this
`
`aspect
`
`of
`
`the
`
`motion.
`
`standard
`
`The
`
`Court
`
`Plaintiff
`
`shall
`
`submit
`
`a
`
`proposed
`
`Judgment
`
`to
`
`the
`
`Judgment
`
`Clerk,.on
`
`notice,
`
`in
`
`the
`
`amount
`
`of
`
`$519,369.08,
`
`plus
`
`interest
`
`at
`
`the
`
`rate
`
`of
`
`9%,
`
`from
`
`February
`
`21,
`
`2017.
`
`The
`
`foregoing
`
`constitutes
`
`the
`
`decision
`
`and
`
`order
`
`of
`
`the
`
`Court.
`
`Dated:
`
`White
`
`Plains,
`
`New York
`2019
`
`LIND
`
`IfON.
`Justice
`
`of
`
`the
`
`JAMIESON
`Supreme
`
`Court
`
`4
`
`4
`
`of
`
`5
`
`12 of 24
`
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`182
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`
`ÍÈÌLEDT
`NYSCEF
`
`WESTCHESTER
`
`COUNTY
`
`DOC.
`
`NO.
`
`154
`
`CLER
`RECEIVED
`
`N
`
`NYSCEF:
`
`03/04/2019
`
`2q
`
`To:
`
`Bleakley
`Attorneys
`1 N.
`White
`
`Platt
`for
`
`Lexington
`Plains,
`
`al.
`
`et
`Plaintiff
`Ave.
`NY 10602
`
`Brady
`
`Welby,
`Attorneys
`11 Martine
`White
`Plains,
`
`for
`Ave.,
`
`et
`
`al.
`Landtek
`15th
`NY 10606
`
`Fl.
`
`5
`
`5
`
`of
`
`5
`
`13 of 24
`
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`RECEIVERDNXSW@.F
`•G 37174)Ç%/)
`182
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`NYSCEF
`
`DOC.
`
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`
`177
`
`RECEIVED
`
`NYSCEF:
`
`03/26/2019
`
`SUPREME
`COUNTY
`-----.________.
`
`COURT
`OF THE STATE
`OF WESTCHESTER
`--------------------------------X
`
`OF NEW YORK
`
`TURFSCAPES,
`
`LLC,
`
`Index
`
`No.:
`
`62770/2017
`
`Plaintiff,
`
`-against-
`
`BILL
`
`OF COSTS
`
`THE LANDTEK
`IRVINGTON
`HANOVER
`
`ERICH
`INC.,
`GROUP,
`UNION
`FREE SCHOOL
`COMPANY.
`INSURANCE
`
`GOLF,
`DISTRICT
`
`LLC,
`and
`
`_____.......__________.__________--··------
`
`X
`
`Defendant.
`
`Costs
`
`and Disbursemêñts
`
`of Plaintiff:
`
`Costs
`Costs
`Costs
`
`Issue.........
`of
`Issue
`is filed
`of
`.....................
`
`Note
`before
`after Note
`for Trial
`Fee
`...........
`Filing
`Judicial
`for
`Request
`Interication...........
`Note
`of
`Issue.........................................
`Fee.........................................
`Jury
`Deposition
`Costs.......
`
`.........
`
`and
`
`before
`......
`
`trial
`
`..................
`
`....
`
`........
`...............................
`......
`............................................
`
`.
`
`.......................................
`
`$200.00
`200.00
`.........$300.00
`$210,00
`$95.00
`$30.00
`$65.00
`$250.00
`
`..
`
`Total:..........................
`
`......................
`
`..............
`
`......$1,350.00
`
`Dated:
`
`White
`April
`
`Plains,
`_, 2019
`
`New York
`
`Westchester
`
`douptý
`
`der
`
`k
`
`14 of 24
`
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`
`OF THE STATE
`COURT
`SUPREME
`OF WESTCHESTER
`COUNTY
`-----------------------------------------------
`
`OF NEW YORK
`
`X
`
`TURFSCAPES,
`
`LLC,
`
`Index
`
`No.:
`
`62770/2017
`
`Plaintiff,
`
`-against-
`
`ATTORNEY'S
`
`AFFIRMATION
`
`THE LANDTEK
`IRV1NGTON
`HANOVER
`
`GROUP,
`UNION
`FREE
`INSURANCE
`
`ERICH
`INC.,
`SCHOOL
`COMPANY.
`
`GOLF,
`DISTRICT
`
`LLC,
`and
`
`-----
`
`Defendant.
`-----------------------------X
`
`The
`
`undersigned,
`
`an attorney
`
`duly
`
`admitted
`
`to practice
`
`law in the Courts
`
`of
`
`the State
`
`of
`
`New York,
`
`hereby
`
`affirms
`
`the following
`
`under
`
`the penalty
`
`of perjury:
`
`I am a member
`
`of
`
`the law firm of Blealdey
`
`Platt & Schmidt,
`
`LLP,
`
`attorneys
`
`for plaintiff
`
`TURFSCAPES,
`
`LLC and
`
`defendant
`
`ERICH
`
`familiar
`
`with
`
`GOLF,
`
`LLC,
`
`and as such,
`
`I am fully
`
`the facts
`
`and
`
`circumstances
`
`in this matter;
`
`that
`
`the costs
`
`in the accompanying
`
`bill
`
`of costs
`
`are
`
`correct
`
`and were
`
`necessarily
`
`incurred
`
`in this
`
`action
`
`and are reasonable
`
`in amount;
`
`and that
`
`the
`
`services
`
`for which
`
`fees
`
`have
`
`been
`
`charged
`
`were
`
`actually
`
`and necessarily
`
`performed
`
`and are
`
`reasonable
`
`in amount.
`
`Dated:
`
`White
`March
`
`New York
`Plains,
`18, 2019
`
`JUSTIN
`for
`
`M. GARDNER
`TURFSCAPES,
`LLC
`LEXINGTON
`
`LLC
`
`and
`
`AVENUE
`
`4 torneys
`ERICH
`GOLF,
`ONE NORTH
`P.O. BOX 5056
`WHITE
`
`PLAINS,
`949-2700
`
`(914)
`
`NY 10602-5056
`
`15 of 24
`
`

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`
`SUPREME
`COUNTY
`
`OF THE
`COURT
`OF WESTCHESTER
`--------------------------------------------X
`
`TURFSCAPES,
`
`LLC,
`
`STATE
`
`OF NEW YORK
`
`Hon.
`
`Linda
`
`Jamieson
`
`Index
`
`No.:
`
`62770/2017
`
`Plaintiff,
`
`-against-
`
`NOTICE
`
`OF SETTLEMENT
`
`THE LANDTEK
`IRVINGTON
`HANOVER
`
`GROUP,
`UNION
`FREE
`INSURANCE
`
`ERICH
`INC.,
`SCHOOL
`COMPANY,
`
`GOLF,
`DISTRICT
`
`LLC,
`and
`
`..---------
`
`PLEASE
`
`TAKE
`
`Defendant.
`-------------X
`Plaintiff
`that
`
`----
`NOTICE
`
`TURFSCAPES,
`
`LLC will
`
`submit
`
`for
`
`settlement
`
`the attached
`
`proposed
`
`Judgment
`
`to the
`
`Judgment
`
`Clerk
`
`of
`
`the Supreme
`
`Court
`
`of
`
`the State
`
`of New
`
`York,
`
`of Westchester,
`
`at
`
`the
`
`Courthouse
`
`located
`
`at
`
`111
`
`Dr.
`
`Martin
`
`Luther
`
`King
`
`Jr.
`
`County
`
`Boulevard,
`
`White
`
`Plains,
`
`New
`
`York,
`
`the
`
`Court
`
`before
`
`whom the
`
`proceedings
`
`reflected
`
`in
`
`the
`
`attached
`
`proposed
`
`judgment
`
`were
`
`had,
`
`on the
`
`5th
`
`day
`
`of April,
`
`2019
`
`at 9:30
`
`a.m.
`
`Pursuant
`
`to 22
`
`NYCRR
`
`5, 2019,
`
`Dated:
`
`§202.48(c)(2),
`
`any
`
`proposed
`
`counter-judgments
`
`must
`
`be
`
`served
`
`on
`
`defendant
`
`by April
`
`White
`March
`
`New York
`Plains,
`2019
`26,
`
`BLEAK
`
`Y PLATT
`
`& SCHMIDT,
`
`LLP
`
`BY:
`
`ESQ.
`LLC and
`
`M. GARDNER,
`for
`Turfscapes,
`LLC
`Avenue
`Lexington
`NY 10601
`
`JUSTIN
`Attorneys
`Erich
`Golf
`One North
`White
`
`(914)
`
`Plains,
`949-2700
`
`James
`
`J. Merkins,
`Esq.
`& Daubenberger,
`Malone
`LLP
`Musi,
`LLC and
`for
`Attorneys
`Turfscapes,
`LLC
`Erich
`Golf
`21 West
`Street
`Third
`PA 19063
`
`Media,
`
`16 of 24
`
`

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`
`TO:
`
`John
`
`Esq.
`& Greenblatt,
`LLP
`The LandTek
`Defendant,
`Insurance
`
`J. P. Krol,
`Welby,
`Brady
`for
`Counsel
`and Hanover
`11 Martine
`White
`
`15th
`Avenue,
`NY 10606
`
`Plains,
`
`Company
`Floor
`
`Group,
`
`Inc,
`
`2
`
`17 of 24
`1 1
`nf
`1 1
`
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`IO0011J|li41100tilehidttiLUlyLi1134p431Ulvi uppu aua
`NYSCEF
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`154
`NYSCEF DOC. NO. 192
`RECEIVED NYSCEF: 04/10/2019
`orright(MۤW5WRdA#BSGBiFedroetWa04/2019
`copyofthisorder,withnoticeofentry,uponallparties.
`
`INDEX NO. 62770/2017
`
`Dec x
`Disp
`Seq.Nos._6-7_
`SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK
`COUNTY OF WESTCHESTER
`
`Type mise.
`
`PRESENT: HON. LINDA S.
`
`JAMIESON
`
`TURFSCAPES,
`
`LLC,
`
`Plaintiff,
`
`-against-
`
`THE LANDTEK GROUP,
`ERICH GOLF,
`INC.,
`IRVINGTON UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
`HANOVER INSURANCE COMPANY,
`
`LLC,
`and
`
`Defendants.
`
`--------------------------------------X
`
`Index
`
`No.
`
`62770/17
`
`DECISION AND ORDER
`
`The following
`motions:
`
`papers
`
`numbered
`
`1 to
`
`5 were
`
`read
`
`on these
`
`Paper
`
`Notice
`
`Notice
`
`of Motion,
`
`Affidavit
`
`and Exhibits
`
`of Cross-Motion,
`
`Affirmation
`
`and Exhibits
`
`Affidavit
`
`in Support
`
`Memorandum of
`
`Law in Opposition
`
`and in Support
`
`Reply
`
`Affirmation
`
`and Exhibit
`
`Number
`
`1
`
`2
`
`3
`
`4
`
`5
`
`There
`
`are
`
`two
`
`post-verdict
`
`motions
`
`before
`
`the Court
`
`in
`
`this
`
`action.
`
`As background,
`
`Union
`
`Free
`
`School
`
`District
`
`the Court
`previously
`("Irvington")1
`
`held
`
`that
`
`Irvington
`
`entered
`
`into
`
`a contract
`
`with
`
`defendant
`
`The Landtek
`
`Group,
`
`Inc.
`
`("Landtek")
`
`for
`
`various
`
`improvements
`
`to
`
`its
`
`fields
`
`and facilities.
`
`Landtek
`
`entered
`
`into
`
`The Court
`
`dismissed
`
`Irvington
`
`from the
`
`actio.n
`
`prior
`
`to trial.
`
`1 Of
`
`5
`
`18 of 24
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`
`a subcontract
`
`with
`
`defendant
`
`Erich
`
`Golf,
`
`LLC ("Erich").
`
`Erich
`
`then
`
`entered
`
`into
`
`a sub-subcontract
`
`with
`
`plaintiff.
`
`After
`
`trial,
`
`the
`
`jury
`
`found
`
`that
`
`Landtek
`
`owed plaintiff
`
`$519,369
`
`for
`
`the East
`
`Field
`
`component
`
`of
`
`the
`
`project.
`
`This
`
`is
`
`the
`
`amount
`
`that
`
`plaintiff
`
`sought
`
`at
`
`trial.
`
`The parties
`
`agreed
`
`to
`
`submit
`
`the
`
`issue
`
`of
`
`interest
`
`to
`
`the Court.
`
`to
`
`the
`
`Landtek's
`
`motion
`
`seeks
`
`set
`
`aside
`
`portion
`
`of
`
`the
`
`verdict
`
`that
`
`awarded
`
`plaintiff
`
`$519,369,
`
`contending
`
`that
`
`$260,869
`
`is
`
`to
`
`the
`
`fix
`
`appropriate
`
`amount
`
`of
`
`damages.
`
`Plaintiff's
`
`motion
`
`seeks
`
`the
`
`date
`
`of
`
`pre-verdict
`
`interest
`
`at
`
`February
`
`21,
`
`2017,
`
`setting
`
`pre-verdict,
`
`post-verdict,
`
`and post-judgment
`
`one percent
`
`per month
`
`pursuant
`
`to General
`
`Municipal
`
`interest
`Law § 106-
`
`and
`
`at
`
`and General
`
`Business
`
`(b).
`
`b(2)
`
`Law § 756-b(1)
`
`"Under
`
`CPLR 4404(a),
`
`a trial
`
`court
`
`order
`
`a new trial
`
`'in
`
`the
`
`interest
`
`In
`
`considering
`
`whether
`
`to
`
`exercise
`
`of
`
`its
`
`has
`justice'
`
`the
`
`discretion
`
`to
`
`(CPLR 4404[a]).
`
`discretionary
`
`power
`
`to
`
`order
`
`a new trial
`
`based
`
`on errors
`
`at
`
`trial,
`
`the
`
`court
`
`must
`
`decide
`
`whether
`
`substantial
`
`justice
`
`has
`
`been
`
`done,
`
`whether
`
`it
`
`is
`
`likely
`
`and must
`
`look
`
`to
`
`its
`
`own
`
`that
`
`the
`
`verdict
`
`has
`
`been
`
`affected
`
`common sense,
`
`experience
`
`precedents
`
`in
`
`arriving
`
`and sense
`a decision."
`
`at
`
`of
`
`fairness
`
`rather
`
`than
`
`to
`
`Lariviere
`
`v. New York
`
`City
`
`Transit
`
`Auth.,
`
`131 A.D.3d
`
`1130,
`
`1132,
`
`17 N.Y.S.3d
`
`153,
`
`155
`
`(2d Dept.
`
`2015).
`
`It
`
`is well-settled
`
`that
`
`the
`
`standard
`
`for
`
`setting
`
`aside
`
`a jury
`
`verdict
`
`is
`
`"whether
`
`the
`
`evidence
`
`so
`
`2
`
`2
`
`of
`
`5
`
`19 of 24
`
`

`

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`preponderates
`
`in
`
`favor
`
`of
`
`the movant
`
`that
`
`the
`
`verdict
`
`could
`
`not
`
`have
`
`been
`
`reached
`
`upon
`
`any
`
`fair
`
`interpretation
`
`of
`
`the
`
`evidence,
`
`Resolution
`
`of
`
`the motion
`
`does
`
`not
`
`involve
`
`a question
`
`of
`
`law,
`
`but
`
`rather
`
`requires
`
`a discretionary
`
`balancing
`
`Moreover,
`
`great
`
`deference
`
`is
`
`accorded
`
`to
`
`factors.
`
`of many
`the
`
`fact-finding
`
`function
`
`of
`
`the
`
`jury,
`
`and determinations
`
`regarding
`
`the
`
`credibility
`
`opportunity
`
`of witnesses
`
`are
`
`to
`
`see and hear
`
`for
`the
`factfinders,
`the witnesses."
`
`who had the
`
`Vatalaro
`
`v. Cty.
`
`of
`
`Suffolk,
`
`163 A.D.3d
`
`891,
`
`892,
`
`81 N.Y,S.3d
`
`444,
`
`446
`
`(2d Dept.
`
`'*arithmetic
`an
`evidence,"
`
`in
`
`. L
`
`2018)
`
`andtek
`
`claims
`
`that
`
`the
`
`jury
`
`erred
`
`by making
`
`when compared
`
`to
`
`the weight
`
`of
`
`the
`
`inconsistency
`
`the
`
`deduct
`
`$376,500
`
`that
`
`it
`
`as
`
`that
`
`well
`
`jury
`
`failed
`
`to
`
`already
`
`paid,
`
`as
`
`the
`
`additional
`
`amounts
`
`of
`
`$28,000
`
`to
`
`be paid
`
`to Erich
`
`and
`
`the
`
`$48,000
`
`paid
`
`in
`
`settlement.
`
`However,
`
`the
`
`document
`
`to which
`
`Landtek
`
`cites
`
`in
`
`support
`
`of
`
`its
`
`position
`
`shows
`
`that
`
`the
`
`$376,500
`
`was paid
`
`to Erich,
`
`not
`
`plaintiff.
`
`Plaintiff's
`
`expert
`
`testified
`
`that
`
`the
`
`appropriate
`
`amount
`
`of
`
`damages was $519,369.08,
`
`and
`
`explained
`
`the
`
`jury
`
`exactly
`
`how he had arrived
`
`at
`
`this
`
`number.
`
`Plainly,
`
`agreed
`
`that
`
`this
`
`number was correct,
`
`and rejected
`
`Landtek's
`
`position.
`
`A review
`
`of
`
`these
`
`papers
`
`demonstrates
`
`that
`
`"there
`
`was a valid
`
`line
`
`of
`
`reasoning
`
`from which
`
`the
`
`jury
`
`could
`
`reach
`
`the
`
`and permissible
`conclusion"
`
`that
`
`inferences
`
`it
`
`did.
`
`3
`
`3
`
`of
`
`5
`
`20 of 24
`
`

`

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`Gore
`
`v . Cardany
`
`, 2018 WL 6627037,
`
`at
`
`*2
`
`(2d Dept.
`
`Dec.
`
`19,
`
`2018).
`
`Accordingly,
`
`the Court
`
`denies
`
`Landtek's
`
`motion
`
`in
`
`its
`
`entirety.
`
`As for
`
`plaintiff's
`
`motion,
`
`the Court
`
`begins
`
`by observing
`
`that
`
`Landtek
`
`does
`

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