IN RE: Global Liberty Insurance Co.

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Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department.

IN RE: Global Liberty Insurance Co., Petitioner–Appellant, v. Coastal Anesthesia Services, LLC, as Assignee of Lourdes Irizarry, Respondent–Respondent.


Decided: December 29, 2016

Mazzarelli, J.P., Sweeny, Richter, Manzanet–Daniels, Feinman, JJ. The Law Office of Jason Tenenbaum, P.C., Garden City (Jason Tenenbaum of counsel), for appellant. Russell Friedman & Associates, LLP, Lake Success (Dara C. Goodman of counsel), for respondent.


Order, Supreme Court, Bronx County (Julia I. Rodriguez, J.), entered April 6, 2016, which denied petitioner's application to vacate a master arbitration award entitling respondent to no-fault insurance benefits, and granted respondent's cross motion to confirm the award, unanimously affirmed, with costs.

Petitioner failed to demonstrate the existence of any of the statutory grounds for vacating the Master Arbitrator's award (CPLR 7511[b] ).  The decision of the Master Arbitrator in affirming the arbitration award had evidentiary support, a rational basis, and was not arbitrary and capricious (see Matter of Petrofsky [Allstate Ins. Co.], 54 N.Y.2d 207, 211 [1981] ).  The original arbitrator properly acted within her discretionary authority to refuse to entertain any late submissions proffered by petitioner (see 11 NYCRR 65–4.2 [b][3];  Matter of Mercury Cas. Co. v Healthmakers Med. Group, P.C., 67 AD3d 1017 [2d Dept 2009] ).