*Some judges do have a sense of humor, and a knowledge of the law regarding amendments to pleadings

New York First Acupuncture, P.C. v State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co.,** 2009 NY Slip Op 52217(U) October 23, 2009 Appellate Term, Second Department

Golia, J., concurs in the result only, in the following memorandum:

While I agree with the ultimate disposition in the decision reached by the majority, I strenuously disagree with the majority gratuitously raising a nonexistent issue, namely that a Mallela defense (State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co. v Mallela, 4 NY3d 313 [2005]) may be disallowed if “prejudice or surprise would result therefrom.” This impression was created by the majority in choosing here to excise an important requirement with regard to the law of amending an answer. The actual statement by the Court of Appeals in McCaskey, Davies & Assoc. v New York City Health & Hosps. Corp. (59 NY2d 755, 757 [1983] [emphasis added, citations and internal quotations marks omitted]) is that, “Leave to amend the pleadings shall be freely given absent prejudice or surprise resulting directly from the delay.”

To me, it is extremely unlikely that an individual who creates a fraudulent entity for the purpose of defrauding an insurance company would forget that he/she did so and be prejudiced or surprised when it was discovered. Such would be akin to a person running a “Ponzi” scheme deciding to invest in his own firm because it was obtaining such good results

**Case brought to my attention by The Rogak Report

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