RUDIN v. Lynn Letko, M.D., et al., Defendants.

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Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department, New York.

Steven RUDIN, et al., Plaintiffs-Appellants, v. HOSPITAL FOR JOINT DISEASES, Defendant-Respondent, Lynn Letko, M.D., et al., Defendants.

Decided: November 30, 2006

BUCKLEY, P.J., TOM, MAZZARELLI, WILLIAMS, McGUIRE, JJ. Law Offices of Linda F. Fedrizzi, P.C., Astoria (Linda F. Fedrizzi of counsel), for appellants. McAloon & Friedman, P.C., New York (Timothy J. O'Shaughnessy of counsel), for respondent.

Order, Supreme Court, New York County (Sheila Abdus-Salaam, J.), entered August 17, 2005, which granted defendant hospital's motion for leave to amend its answer to assert the affirmative defense of lack of capacity to sue and to dismiss the complaint for lack of standing to sue, unanimously affirmed, without costs.

Plaintiffs lacked legal capacity to sue defendant hospital by virtue of their failure to schedule the medical malpractice claim against it as an asset within the bankruptcy proceeding (see Dynamics Corp. of Am. v. Marine Midland Bank-N.Y., 69 N.Y.2d 191, 513 N.Y.S.2d 91, 505 N.E.2d 601 [1987];  Whelan v. Longo, 23 A.D.3d 459, 808 N.Y.S.2d 95 [2005], affd. 7 N.Y.3d 821, 822 N.Y.S.2d 751, 855 N.E.2d 1165 [2006] ).  “While plaintiff maintains that his trustee was aware of the tort claim, actual knowledge by a trustee of a claim is not a substitute for proper scheduling” (Burton v. 215 E. 77th Assoc., 284 A.D.2d 122, 725 N.Y.S.2d 337 [2001];  see also Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Sec. Corp. v. Mathiasen, 207 A.D.2d 280, 615 N.Y.S.2d 384 [1994] ).   Furthermore, the court properly granted the hospital's motion to amend its answer, finding no evidence of prejudice or laches.