The Appellate Term's decision in A.B. Med. Servs., PLLC v. Country-Wide Ins. Co., 2008 NYSlipOp 52651(U) (App. Term, 2d Dep't, 2008) was posted today.
The decision is kind of messy, covering various issues briefly, but there's one interesting point. The Appellate Term found the following: "Since the affidavit of defendant's no-fault litigation supervisor lacks specificity to support the assertion that defendant did not receive the verification it requested, it was insufficient to establish that the verification was still outstanding and, thus, that defendant's time to pay or deny the claims was tolled."
I'm not sure what this means, and I can't find this language in prior no-fault decisions. What level of specificity is now required in a claim rep's affidavit to establish that requested verification was not received? Is it not enough for the rep to simply state that the verification was never received?
In any event, it appears that the Appellate Term has opened up a new avenue of attack on insurers' affidavits.