Tran Han Ho, et al., Plaintiffs-Appellants, v. Patrick J. Brackley, Defendant-Respondent.

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

Tran Han Ho, et al., Plaintiffs-Appellants, v. Patrick J. Brackley, Defendant-Respondent.

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Decided: January 28, 2010

Mazzarelli, J.P., Sweeny, Moskowitz, Manzanet-Daniels, Román, JJ. Polly Eustis, New York, for appellants. L'Abbate, Balkan, Colavita & Contini, L.L.P., Garden City (Noah Nunberg of counsel), for respondent.

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Order, Supreme Court, New York County (Jane S. Solomon, J.), entered August 14, 2008, which, in an action for legal malpractice, granted defendant's motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint, unanimously affirmed, without costs.   The motion court properly refused to consider the sur reply affirmation of plaintiffs' legal expert presented to the court after the motion had been fully submitted (see Foitl v. G.A.F. Corp., 64 N.Y.2d 911 [1985] ).   Absent an expert's affidavit, and given claims that, as pleaded, raise issues of professional standards and causation beyond the ordinary experience of persons who are not lawyers, summary judgment was properly granted (see Ehlinger v. Ruberti, Girvin & Ferlazzo, 304 A.D.2d 925, 926 [2003];  cf.  Butler v. Brown, 180 A.D.2d 406, 407 [1992], lv denied 80 N.Y.2d 751 [1992], citing S & D Petroleum Co. v. Tamsett, 144 A.D.2d 849, 850 [1988] ).   We have considered plaintiffs' other arguments and find them to be without merit.

THIS CONSTITUTES THE DECISION AND ORDER

OF THE SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT.

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