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Judges in the Second Department Have the Discretion to Order Unified Personal Injury Trials Where the Issues of Liability and the Injuries Are Intertwined as They Were in This Construction Accident Case; Defense Verdict Set Aside and a New Unified Trial Ordered

The First Department, in a detailed opinion by Justice Friedman, determined a reasonable title search would have turned up an easement on the subject property. Therefore, plaintiff was not a bona fide purchaser of the empty lot: “ ‘[I]n counties using a block and lot’ indexing system, a purchaser is charged with record notice of all matters indexed under the block and lot numbers corresponding to the purchaser’s property, regardless of whether such information also appears in his or her direct chain of title’ ... . Thus, although ... the 1981 easement was not recorded within plaintiff’s direct chain of title, that circumstance has no bearing on the outcome of this appeal ...”.. Akasa Holdings, LLC v. 214 Lafayette House, LLC, 2019 N.Y. Slip Op. 06447, First Dept 9-3-19

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