New York State Court of Claims

New York State Court of Claims
FIGUEROA v. THE STATE OF NEW YORK, # 2018-015-159, Claim No. 130570, Motion No. M-92341

Synopsis

Claimant's motion to amend his claim was granted on consent.

Case information

UID: 2018-015-159
Claimant(s): JOSE FIGUEROA, 16-A-3651
Claimant short name: FIGUEROA
Footnote (claimant name) :
Defendant(s): THE STATE OF NEW YORK
Footnote (defendant name) :
Third-party claimant(s):
Third-party defendant(s):
Claim number(s): 130570
Motion number(s): M-92341
Cross-motion number(s):
Judge: FRANCIS T. COLLINS
Claimant's attorney: Jose Figueroa, Pro Se
Defendant's attorney: Honorable Barbara D. Underwood, Attorney General
By: Belinda A. Wagner, Esq., Assistant Attorney General
Third-party defendant's attorney:
Signature date: September 18, 2018
City: Saratoga Springs
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Official citation:
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See also (multicaptioned case)

Decision

Claimant, proceeding pro se, moves to amend his claim pursuant to CPLR 3025.

Claimant, an inmate in the custody of the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS), seeks damages for injuries allegedly sustained as the result of DOCCS' failure to properly treat his varicose veins.

Section 206.7(b) of the Uniform Rules for the Court of Claims (22 NYCRR 206.7[b]) permits a pleading to be amended in the manner provided by CPLR 3025, "except that a party may amend a pleading once without leave of court within 40 days after its service, or at any time before the period for responding to it expires, or within 40 days after service of a pleading responding to it." Here, the time to amend the claim as of right has expired. Nevertheless, CPLR 3025 (b) provides that "[a] party may amend his or her pleading, or supplement it by setting forth additional or subsequent transactions or occurrences, at any time by leave of court or by stipulation of the parties." Claimant filed an Amended Claim on August 10, 2018 which, according to his affidavit of service, was served on the Attorney General on August 5, 2018. Although the Amended Claim was filed and served without leave of Court or the consent of defense counsel, defense counsel has now notified the Court that it withdraws its opposition to the motion.

Accordingly, claimant's motion is granted, without opposition, and the Amended Claim filed in the Office of the Chief Clerk of the Court of Claims on August 10, 2018 is deemed the operative pleading in the instant matter.

September 18, 2018

Saratoga Springs, New York

FRANCIS T. COLLINS

Judge of the Court of Claims

Papers Considered:

  1. Notice of motion, dated May 24, 2018;
  2. Affidavit in support, sworn to May 28, 2018;
  3. Affirmation in Opposition, dated June 13, 2018;
  4. Amended Claim, sworn to August 5, 2018, with attachments;

5. Letter from Belinda A. Wagner dated Sept. 6, 2018.