New York State Court of Claims

New York State Court of Claims

LEE v. THE STATE OF NEW YORK, #2002-005-517, Claim No. 101326, Motion No. M-64735


Defendant's motion to dismiss the claim is granted.

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EDDIE JAMES LEE, SR. The caption has been amended, sua sponte, to reflect the only proper defendant.
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The caption has been amended, sua sponte, to reflect the only proper defendant.
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Claimant's attorney:
Eddie James Lee, Sr.,Pro Se
Defendant's attorney:
Eliot Spitzer, Attorney GeneralBy: Heather R. Rubinstein, Assistant Attorney General
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Signature date:
March 13, 2002

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On March 13, 2002, the following papers, numbered 1 to 5, were read on motion by Defendant for dismissal of the claim:

1, 2, 3 Notice of Motion, Affirmation, Affidavit and Exhibit Annexed
  1. Opposing Papers: "Fine/Notice of Claimant" (sic)
  2. Filed Papers: Claim
Upon the foregoing papers, this motion is granted.

Defendant seeks dismissal of the claim on jurisdictional grounds, alleging that no claim was ever served upon the Defendant and provides the affidavit of Carol A. McKay, a Senior Clerk in the Albany Office of the Attorney General, sworn to on February 7, 2002, averring under oath that a thorough search of the Defendant's files failed to find a record of any claim having been served.

A review of the court's file reveals that the claim herein was filed on October 29, 1999 and was given Claim No. 101326, and is entitled "Law Suite of Injure Tort Claim" (sic), and alleges negligence of a corrections officer during a transfer from Auburn Correctional Facility to Syracuse Up-State Medical Center on October 20, 1998, for injuries sustained when the vehicle in which Claimant was being driven braked suddenly.

Review of the court's file reveals that a copy of a receipt for certified mail and a copy of the green return receipt card reflecting receipt by the Defendant on November 16, 1998, was appended to the claim. There is no description in the claim as to what document was served on November 16, 1998, and the Defendant does not refer to any Notice of Intention to file a claim, and in any event there is nothing in the Court's files reflecting service of the claim which was filed on October 29, 1999. No answer is in the Clerk's file, further reflective of the failure to have served the claim. Since issue was never joined, the presentation of the jurisdictional defenses in Court of Claims Act §11(c) are not implicated. Furthermore, Claimant has failed to refute the allegations of non-service of the claim and has not provided any proof of service of the claim itself as required by Court of Claims Act §11(a), as he did with the green card reflecting service by certified mail, return receipt requested on November 16,  1998, presumably of the putative Notice of Intention.

Claimant's opposition ignores Defendant's assertions and does not refute the undisputed allegations that no claim in this matter has been served upon the Defendant. Since the Claimant failed to serve the Defendant, and has not established that he did so, he failed to obtain jurisdiction of the Defendant, and the motion seeking dismissal of the claim is granted. The claim is dismissed and the trial of this claim scheduled for June 4, 2002 is canceled.

March 13, 2002
Rochester, New York

Judge of the Court of Claims