Criscenti v. Verizon, et al.

Gene Ann Criscenti vs. Verizon

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Gene Ann Criscenti, Plaintiff-Appellant,
v.
Verizon, et al., Defendants, Channell Commercial Corp., Defendant-Respondent.
2285N

Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department, New York.
ENTERED: APRIL 8, 2010

Gary E. Rosenberg, P.C., Forest Hills (Gary E. Rosenberg of counsel), for appellant.

Ahmuty, Demers & McManus, Albertson (Brendan T. Fitzpatrick of counsel), for respondent.

Gonzalez, P.J., Saxe, McGuire, Acosta, Abdus-Salaam, JJ.

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Order, Supreme Court, New York County (Milton A. Tingling, J.), entered November 13, 2009, which granted defendant-respondent's motion to allow its deposition to be conducted in California by video conference, unanimously reversed, on the law, the facts and in the exercise of discretion, with costs, and the motion denied.

Respondent, a publicly traded corporation, with over 600 employees, has failed to meet its burden of demonstrating that appearing in New York City for deposition would cause it substantial hardship (see Fortress Credit Opportunities I LP v Netschi, 59 AD3d 250 [2009]; Kenney, Becker, LLP v. Kenney, 34 AD3d 351 [2006]; Swiss Bank Corp. v. Geccee Exportaciones, 260 A.D.2d 254 [1999] ). Respondent merely asserts, without more, that its chief executive officer, who respondent acknowledges travels throughout the world almost six months out of the year, will be unable to be deposed in New York. Nor has respondent proffered any reason why none of its other 600 plus employees are appropriate witnesses.

THIS CONSTITUTES THE DECISION AND ORDER

OF THE SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT.

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CLERK

N.Y.A.D. 1 Dept.,2010.
Criscenti v. Verizon
--- N.Y.S.2d ----, 2010 WL 1372698 (N.Y.A.D. 1 Dept.), 2010 N.Y. Slip Op. 02858

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