In an action to recover damages for personal injuries and wrongful death, the Appellate Division found that, in the absence of evidence that the defendant willfully and contumaciously failed to appear for deposition, the Supreme Court improvidently exercised its discretion in conditionally striking her answer. Under the circumstances, the appropriate remedy was to preclude defendant from offering any testimony at trial unless she appeared for a deposition at least 30 days before the trial.
Case: Brodsky v. Amber Ct. Assisted Living, LLC, NY Slip Op 00955 (2d Dep't February 8, 2017)
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