Tuesday, March 03, 2009

MVAIC & Qualified Persons

Judge Noach Dear's decision in Kipor Medicine P.C. v. MVAIC, 2009 NY Slip Op 29085 (Civ. Ct., Kings Cty., 2009) was published today on the Slip Opinion site. This was published as a Decision of Interest in the New York Law Journal last week and will be published in the official Miscellaneous Reports.

As noted in the version published in the Law Journal, I handled this trial of counsel to the Law Offices of Bruce Newborough for Plaintiff.

In the case, MVAIC alleged that it had never received proof of the assignor's residency in New York and that, therefore, the assignor was not a "qualified person" under Insurance Law § 5202(b). As noted by the Court, however, the definition of "qualified person" is not limited to New York residents. Moreover, the fact that MVAIC had not received proof of residency was not sufficient proof that the assignor did not meet the definition of a "qualified person." MVAIC likewise submitted no other proof to demonstrate that the assignor was not qualified.