First Class Medical, P.C. v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Ins. Co., Slip Copy, 55 Misc.3d 141(A), 2017 WL 1822145 (Table), 2017 N.Y. Slip Op. 50593(U)

Defendant moved for summary judgment dismissing the complaint on the ground that plaintiff’s assignor had failed to appear for duly scheduled examinations under oath (EUOs), and plaintiff cross-moved for summary judgment. In opposition to defendant’s motion, plaintiff attached copies of letters to defendant stating that, since its principal had testified at a previous EUO on January 11, 2013, plaintiff had “complied with its obligations under the no-fault regulations.” Plaintiff appeals from an order of the District Court which granted defendant’s motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint on the ground that the action was premature, and denied plaintiff’s cross motion.  The Court stated as follows:

At the outset we note that plaintiff failed to establish that it had mailed (see St. Vincent’s Hosp. of Richmond v Government Empls. Ins. Co., 50 AD3d 1123 [2008]) the objection letters that it attached to its opposition papers (see generally *2 Crescent Radiology, PLLC v American Tr. Ins. Co., 31 Misc 3d 134[A], 2011 NY Slip Op 50622[U] [App Term, 9th & 10th Jud Dists 2011] [where a plaintiff fails to object to an EUO request at the time it is requested, the plaintiff’s objections to the request may not be raised for the first time during litigation]). In any event, the no-fault regulations provide that an insurer may request that a provider submit to an EUO as may reasonably be required (see 11 NYCRR 65-1.1 [b]) and, here, defendant demonstrated that the requests for the EUOs at issue pertain to claims which it had received after the January 11, 2013 EUO had been conducted.



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