One Calculation of the Statute of Limitations
A Long Island practitioner persisted in moving and appealing, and the AD rewarded him with reversal of the dismissal of two of the causes of action in his case. In Hoffman v Colleluori
2011 NY Slip Op 05669 ; Appellate Division, Second Department we see the AD calculating the statute of limitations for plaintiff, and his ability to sue.
"The Supreme Court erred in, upon reargument, adhering to its original determination granting those branches of the defendants' motion which were pursuant to CPLR 3211(a)(1) and (7) to dismiss the second and third causes of action to recover damages for legal malpractice. "A motion to dismiss pursuant to CPLR 3211(a)(7) will fail if, taking all facts alleged as true and according them every possible inference favorable to the plaintiff, the complaint states in some recognizable form any cause of action known to our law" (Kennedy v H. Bruce Fischer, Esq., P.C., 78 AD3d 1016, 1018 [internal quotation marks and citation omitted]; see Arnav Inds., Inc. Retirement Trust v Brown, Raysman, Millstein, Felder & Steiner, 96 NY2d 300, 303).
Accepting all the facts alleged in the complaint as true, the allegations are sufficient to state a cause of action to recover damages for legal malpractice in an underlying federal civil rights action. The plaintiff alleged in his complaint, inter alia, that the defendants failed to assert the underlying causes of action before the expiration of the applicable statutes of limitations, and that their negligence was a proximate cause of his damages (see Jennings v Raso, 251 AD2d 380, 380). While most of the underlying causes of action were time-barred before the plaintiff retained the [*2]defendants, the plaintiff's claim under 42 USC § 1983 arising from malicious prosecution was viable at the time the defendants commenced the federal action on the plaintiff's behalf (see Palmer v State of New York, 57 AD3d 364, 364; Pendelton v City of New York, 44 AD3d 733, 737). Moreover, contrary to the defendants' contention, the complaint "set forth allegations from which damages attributable to the defendant[s'] alleged malpractice might be reasonably inferred" (Caruso, Caruso & Branda, P.C. v Hirsch, 41 AD3d 407, 410; see Fielding v Kupferman, 65 AD3d 437, 442).
The Supreme Court also erred in, upon reargument, adhering to its original determination granting those branches of the defendants' motion which were pursuant to CPLR 3211(a)(1) to dismiss the legal malpractice causes of action. A motion pursuant to CPLR 3211(a)(1) may be granted "only where the documentary evidence utterly refutes plaintiff's factual allegations, conclusively establishing a defense as a matter of law" (Goshen v Mutual Life Ins. Co. of N.Y., 98 NY2d 314, 326; see Thompsen v Baier, 84 AD3d 1062). Here, the documentary evidence did not conclusively establish that all of the underlying causes of action were time-barred before the plaintiff retained the defendants. "