New York State Court of Claims

New York State Court of Claims
KING v. THE STATE OF NEW YORK, # 2009-016-057, Claim No. 110076, Motion No. M-77137


Case information

UID: 2009-016-057
Claimant(s): In the matter of the Claim of CATHERINE KING, Individually and as Proposed Administratrix of the Estate of ALLEYNE KING, Deceased
Claimant short name: KING
Footnote (claimant name) :
Footnote (defendant name) :
Third-party claimant(s):
Third-party defendant(s):
Claim number(s): 110076
Motion number(s): M-77137
Cross-motion number(s):
Judge: Alan C. Marin
Claimant's attorney: Raymond A. Raskin, Esq.
Defendant's attorney: Andrew M. Cuomo, Attorney General
By: Albert E. Masry, Esq., AAG
Third-party defendant's attorney:
Signature date: November 9, 2009
City: New York
Official citation:
Appellate results:
See also (multicaptioned case)


By Order to Show Cause, Raymond A. Raskin, Esq. moves for permission to be relieved as counsel to claimant Catherine King. Ms. King's claim alleges medical malpractice and lack of informed consent at Downstate Medical Center.

Pursuant to CPLR 321(b)(2), approval of the court is required in order for an attorney to withdraw as counsel for a litigant. To succeed on such a motion, the attorney must show reasonable notice to the client and good and sufficient cause for the withdrawal. See, e.g., J. M. Heinike Associates, Inc. v Liberty Natl. Bank, 142 AD2d 929, 530 NYS2d 355 (4th Dept 1988). What constitutes good cause lies within the discretion of the court.

Here, with regard to notice, claimant was served with the Order to Show Cause; she did not submit any opposition papers. As to cause, "[i]rreconcilable differences between the attorney and the client with respect to the proper course to be pursued in litigation . . . [and] an established breakdown in communications between attorney and client . . . are viewed as strong grounds for allowing withdrawal . . ." Waid v State of New York, Ct Cl, June 12, 2002 (unreported, Claim No. 104912, Motion No. M-65176, UID #2002-013-025(1) , Patti, J.). Having reviewed Mr. Raskin's submissions, I find that he has established good and sufficient cause for withdrawal.

Accordingly, having reviewed the submissions(2) , IT IS ORDERED that motion no. M-77137 be granted to the extent that:

1. Raymond A. Raskin, Esq. is permitted to withdraw as attorney of record for claimant Catherine King, subject to 2, below. Within thirty (30) days of the date of filing of this Decision and Order, Raymond A. Raskin, Esq. shall serve a file-stamped copy of the Decision and Order on claimant Catherine King by certified mail, return receipt requested and by regular mail, and on defendant by regular mail;

2. Raymond A. Raskin, Esq. shall file proof of service on claimant Catherine King and on defendant with the Clerk of the Court. Upon the Clerk's receipt of said proofs of service, Raymond A. Raskin, Esq. shall be relieved from representation of claimant Catherine King;

3. Claimant Catherine King shall, within ninety (90) days of service upon her of a file-stamped copy of this Decision and Order, notify the Clerk of the Court and the State of New York in writing of her intention to proceed pro se (without counsel) or file a notice of appearance by a new attorney; and

4. In the event claimant fails to appear pro se or by new counsel within the said ninety (90) day period, the claim herein will be deemed dismissed pursuant to 22 NYCRR 206.15 and no further order of this court will be required.

November 9, 2009

New York, New York

Alan C. Marin

Judge of the Court of Claims

1. This and other decisions of the Court of Claims may be found on the court's website:

2. The Court reviewed claimant's counsel's affirmation in support of this motion with exhibit A, and defendant's affirmation taking no position. Claimant failed to respond to the Order to Show Cause.