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Decision and Order

Decision and Order

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STATEOFNEWYORKSUPREMECOURTCOUNTYOFONONDAGA
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ROBERTDAVISandMICHAELLANG,
copy
Plaintiffs.
VS.
DECISIONandORDER
JAMESBOEHEIMandSYRACUSEUNIVERSITY,
RJI33-12-0163INDEXNO.2012-0255Defendants.
----------------------------------------------------------------------x
DecisionandOrderonmotionbeforetheHon.BrianF.DeJoseph,Justiceofthe
SupremeCourt)on
the
21
st
day
of
February,2012.
Appearances:
ForthePlaintiffs:
CUTIHECKERWANG,LLP
305
Broadway,
Suite607
New
York,NewYork10007
BY:
l\1ARIANN
MEIERWANG,ESQ.,JULIEEHRLICH,ESQ.
Of
Counsel.
'FortheDefendant-Boeheim:
HANCOCKESTABROOK,LLP1500AXA
TowerI
100MadisonStreetSyracuse,NewYork13202,'
BY:
TIMOTHYP.MURPHY,ESQ.OfCounsel.
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FortheDefeadant-Boeheim;
DINSMORE
&
SHOHLLLP
OneOxfordCentre301GrantStreet,Suite2800Pittsburgh.Pennsylvania15219
BY:C.JAMES
ZESZVTE~
ESQ.OfCounsel.
'"Motionforadmission
prohacvice
tobefiledFortheDefendant-SyracuseUniversity
DEBEVOISE
&
PLIMPTONLLP
919ThirdAvenueNewYork,NewYork10022
BY:MARYBETHHOGAN,ESQ.ANDREWM.LEVINE,ESQ.OfCounsel.
*
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TherearetwomotionscurrentlypendingbeforethisCourt.Defendants,JamesBoeheimandSyracuseUniversity.movepursuanttoCPLR§§510(1)and511(a)and(b),foranOrderchangingthevenueinthismatter
from
NewYorkCounty,
where
venue
is
improperpursuantto
CPLR
§
503
(a),toOnondagaCounty)wherevenuewouldbeproper.Plaintiffsdonotopposethedefendants'motionpursuanttoCPLR
§
510(1),butinsteadbring
a
cross-motionpursuanttoCPLR§510(2)
seekingto
retain
venuein
NewYorkCounty
"as
thereisreasontobelieve
thatan
impartialtrialcannotbehadinthepropercounty(OnondagaCounty)."
Page-2-
 
PROCEDURALBACKGROUND
.On
December
13~2011~
plaintiffscommencedthisdefamationactionagainstdefendantsby
filing
a
summonsandverifiedcomplaint
in
theSupremeCourtofthe
,
StateofNewYork,NewYorkCounty,OnDecember
23,2011,
thepartiesexecuteda
stipulation
extendingtheirtimetoappear,answer,move,and/orrespondtoplaintiffs'complaintuntil
January
20,2012.
OnDecember
30,2011,
defendantsservedplaintiffswithademandforchangeofvenuepursuant
to
CPLR
§§
511(a)and(b).alleging
that
venuewasnotproper
in
NewYorkCounty
as
nopartyto
the
actionresidesthere.
e
On
January
4,2012,
plaintiffsserveddefendantswith
an
affirmationinresponsetodefendants'
demand.
Inthisresponse,
plaintiffsdid
notaddresstheresidencyofthe.parties,butinsteadallegedthatOnondagaCountywasnotproperbecauseofthedefendants'prominenceinSyracuse,NewYork.
On
orabout
January,17,2012,
defendantsbrought
the
instantmotionhere,
r...
in
Onondaga
County
withinthe
time
limitsset
forth
in
CPLR
§
511(b).

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