Monday, October 26, 2020

What Is New York's No-Fault Scheme Ill-Equipped to Handle? (The right answer is not "claims".)


GEICO v. Mikhail Strut, MD, RES Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Services, PC, and Cheryle Hart, MD
(WDNY, 4/10/2020)

Those of you dealing with Mikhail Strut, MD (f/k/a Mikhail Strutsovskiy) and his medical practice,  RES Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Services, PC, may want to read this decision (click the case name) and follow this case.  

In this decision and order, WDNY Judge Sinatra adopted Magistrate Judge Scott's recommendations to:
  • DENY defendants' motion to dismiss GEICO's complaint, which alleges causes of action based on RICO, fraud and unjust enrichment; and
  • GRANT GEICO's motion for a preliminary injunction and a stay of all collateral no-fault suits and arbitrations, upon GEICO posting $500,000 security. 
In rejecting Dr. Stut's argument that GEICO was trying "improperly to circumvent New York's no-fault scheme" by litigating Strut's claims in federal court, Judge Sinatra remarked:  "Well, isn't that the pot calling the kettle black?  But the law is clear that Plaintiffs may maintain RICO and fraud claims in federal court, notwithstanding New York's no-fault scheme, because the no-fault scheme is ill-equipped to handle claims involving systemic fraud." 

Okay, Judge Sinatra didn't write the pot/kettle thing.  But he did deny Dr. Strut's motion to dismiss and grant GEICO's preliminary injunction application.  If you're a New York no-fault insurer and are facing growing numbers of suits and arbs while you race to complete a global DJ action to confirm your non-coverage position, consider moving for preliminary injunctive relief.  

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