EXPEDITE VIDEO CONFERENCING SERVICES INC v. BOTELLO

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

EXPEDITE VIDEO CONFERENCING SERVICES, INC., respondent, v. Steven M. BOTELLO, appellant.

Decided: November 24, 2009

WILLIAM F. MASTRO, J.P., ARIEL E. BELEN, L. PRISCILLA HALL, and LEONARD B. AUSTIN, JJ. Douglas J. Lerose, Melville, N.Y., for appellant. Regina A. Matejka, Garden City, N.Y., for respondent.

In an action to recover damages for breach of contract, the defendant appeals from an order of the Supreme Court, Nassau County (Woodard, J.), entered June 25, 2008, which granted the plaintiff's motion for leave to voluntarily discontinue the action, without prejudice, pursuant to CPLR 3217(b).

ORDERED that the order is affirmed, with costs.

 The determination of a motion for leave to voluntarily discontinue an action, without prejudice, pursuant to CPLR 3217(b), rests within the sound discretion of the court (see Tucker v. Tucker, 55 N.Y.2d 378, 383, 449 N.Y.S.2d 683, 434 N.E.2d 1050).   In the absence of special circumstances, such as prejudice to a substantial right of the defendant, or other improper consequences, a motion for a voluntary discontinuance should be granted (see Tucker v. Tucker, 55 N.Y.2d 378, 449 N.Y.S.2d 683, 434 N.E.2d 1050;  Eugenia VI Venture Holdings, Ltd. v. Maplewood Equity Partners, L.P., 38 A.D.3d 264, 832 N.Y.S.2d 155;  Parraguirre v. 27th St. Holding, LLC, 37 A.D.3d 793, 831 N.Y.S.2d 460;  Mathias v. Daily News, 301 A.D.2d 503, 752 N.Y.S.2d 896;  Urbonowicz v. Yarinsky, 290 A.D.2d 922, 923, 737 N.Y.S.2d 398;  County of Westchester v. Welton Becket Assoc., 102 A.D.2d 34, 478 N.Y.S.2d 305).

 Here, the Supreme Court properly exercised its discretion in granting the plaintiff's motion to voluntarily discontinue the action, as there was no showing of special circumstances (see Citibank v. Nagrotsky, 239 A.D.2d 456, 658 N.Y.S.2d 966).

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