We're watching. The Direct DJ/Late Notice/Prejudice bill passed by the NYS Legislature last month was delivered to Governor Paterson for signing on July 11, 2008. If/when he signs that bill (which is a certainty), the new provisions will take effect in 180 days from that date. For a discussion of the various provisions of that bill, see my Direct DJ/Late Notice label.
STATUS: S8610 DEFRANCISCO Same as A11541 Rules (Weinstein)
Civil Practice Law and Rules
TITLE....Provides for a declaratory judgment action against an insurer directly where a claim is brought for personal injury or wrongful death against another
06/18/08 REFERRED TO RULES
06/23/08 ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.2089
06/23/08 PASSED SENATE
06/23/08 DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
06/23/08 referred to codes
06/23/08 substituted for a11541
06/23/08 ordered to third reading rules cal.676
06/23/08 passed assembly
06/23/08 returned to senate
07/11/08 DELIVERED TO GOVERNOR
Intriguing -- Today Governor Paterson signed 38 bills that were delivered to him on the same day as the direct DJ/late notice bill -- July 11th. Bill A11541/S8610 is not listed in the press release as one of those he signed. Program Bill # 65, which became this bill, was conceived under former Governor Spitzer's administration. Could there be any chance that Governor Paterson won't sign this bill? Stay tuned.