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What's New -- Hot Items 7/8/99

House and Senate Pass CPLR Measures

Electronic Filing and Service - S04135 - CPLR 304, 2101 and 2103.  Authorizes pilot programs for the use of facsimile transmission or electronic means to commence an action or special proceeding and for electronic service of papers.  Read the Committee report endorsing this measure.

Motions to Reargue and Renew - S03521 -    CPLR 2221 and 5701. Provides for a statutory framework to govern motions for leave to reargue and motions for leave to renew relating to prior orders; sets forth the nature and purpose of such motions, when they are appropriate and when appeals can be taken; provisions set forth will clarify court decisions on the subject. Read the Committee Report approving the legislation.

Time for Service of Notice of Appeal - S03070 - CPLR 5513.  Adds 5 days to the period in which a civil appeal must be filed when the judgment or order appealed from and written notice of its entry is served by mail, and adds one business day when such service is by overnight delivery service. The legislation, originally proposeed by the CPLR Committee,  resolves a conflict in the appellate divisions on the issue of whether or not to apply the 5-day mailing rule when the appealing party has served the order with notice of entry. Read the Supporting Memoradum.

Applications in Special Proceedings - S03071 - CPLR 7502.  Original legislation of the CPLR Committee in response to the Court of Appeals decision in  Matter of Solkav Solartechnik, G.m.b.H. (Besicorp Group Inc), 91 N.Y.2d 482 (1998), the measure provides that all applications relating to an arbitration must be presented in the same case even if final judgment has been entered on a prior application. Read the Supporting Memorandum.

Service on Limited Liability Companies    S01206 CPLR 310 & 311, and new 311-a;  Limited Liability Law 305. Also original legislation proposed by the CPLR Committee, the bill clarifies the rules governing service of process on limited liability companies and limited partnerships. Read the Supporting Memorandum.

Commencement of Actions in Court of Claims S5552 Court of Claims Act, Sec. 11.  Requires service of process on non-state defendants, as well as service upon Attorney General and filing with clerk. Read the Committee Report approving the legislation. 

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