IN RE: Lily ATKINSON

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

IN RE: Lily ATKINSON, respondent, v. CITY OF NEW YORK, appellant.

Decided: March 27, 2000

LAWRENCE J. BRACKEN, J.P., CORNELIUS J. O'BRIEN, THOMAS R. SULLIVAN and DANIEL F. LUCIANO, JJ. Michael D. Hess, Corporation Counsel, New York, N.Y. (Steven M. Scotti, Pamela Seider Dolgow, and Linda H. Young of counsel), for appellant. Godosky & Gentile, P.C., New York, N.Y. (David Godosky of counsel), for respondent.

In a proceeding pursuant to CPLR article 78 in the nature of prohibition to prohibit the City of New York from imposing a Workers' Compensation lien on the award made to the petitioner pursuant to the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (42 USC § 300 aa-1), the appeal is from an order and judgment (one paper) of the Supreme Court, Queens County (Golia, J.), dated February 5, 1999, which granted the petition and prohibited the enforcement of such lien.

ORDERED that the order and judgment is affirmed, with costs.

In Matter of Shutter v. Philips Display Components Co., 90 N.Y.2d 703, 708, 665 N.Y.S.2d 379, 688 N.E.2d 235 the Court of Appeals interpreted Workers' Compensation Law § 29(1) and 29(4), stating, “[t]ogether, these terms indicate that the lien and offset tools [of the Workers' Compensation Law] may be applied only against recoveries from the third-party tortfeasors who are responsible for the claimant's injuries”.   In this case, the Supreme Court properly concluded that the award made under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program did not constitute a recovery against a third-party tortfeasor.   Therefore, pursuant to the rule defined in Matter of Shutter v. Philips Display Components Co. (supra), no Workers' Compensation lien may be imposed.   The case of Matter of Ryan v. General Elec. Co., 26 N.Y.2d 6, 307 N.Y.S.2d 880, 256 N.E.2d 188, relied upon by the appellant, is distinguishable because there the award made pursuant to the Military Claims Act (10 USC § 2733) was a recovery against the tortfeasor which was responsible for the claimant's harm.

In light of this conclusion, we need not address the parties' remaining contentions.

MEMORANDUM BY THE COURT.

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