MOTION TO COMPEL COMPLIANCE WITH NON-JUDICIAL SUBPOENAS PROPERLY GRANTED, ANY OBJECTIONS WOULD HAVE TO AWAIT THE ACTUAL QUESTIONING AT THE HEARING.
The Third Department, affirming Supreme Court, determined petitioner’s motion pursuant to CPLR 2308 (b) to compel respondents to comply with non-judicial subpoenas was properly granted. Petitioner was charged by the State Liquor Authority (SLA) with improper conduct, i.e., shipping wine to customers in states that prohibit residents from receiving such shipments. Petitioner subpoenaed the SLA’s general counsel and several others on the SLA staff. It was petitioner’s position that shipping wine out of state had never before been deemed improper by the SLA. The court found the objections to the subpoenas, including an objection based upon attorney-client privilege, premature. Because the subpoenas sought only testimony, any objections would have to await the actual questioning at the hearing:
According to petitioner, the challenged subpoenas are intended to obtain information pertaining to, among other things, SLA’s past and present policies regarding out-of-state shipping, the standards applicable to the charges of improper conduct against petitioner and evidence related to penalty mitigation. CPLR 2308 (b) provides that, upon a motion to compel a respondent to comply with a non-judicial subpoena, the court “shall order compliance” if it determines that the subpoena was authorized. Here, it is undisputed that petitioner was authorized by SLA’s regulations to issue the subpoenas (see 9 NYCRR 54.3 [h]; see also CPLR 2302 [a]). Respondents nevertheless contend that their motion to quash should have been granted based upon their claims that the information sought by the subpoenas is privileged, irrelevant, beyond the scope of the administrative hearing, cumulative and burdensome. We affirm, finding no abuse of Supreme Court’s discretion in the denial of respondents’ cross motion … . Matter of Empire Wine & Spirits LLC v Colon, 2016 NY Slip Op 08145, 3rd Dept 12-1-16
CIVIL PROCEDURE (MOTION TO COMPEL COMPLIANCE WITH NON-JUDICIAL SUBPOENAS PROPERLY GRANTED, ANY OBJECTIONS WOULD HAVE TO AWAIT THE ACTUAL QUESTIONING AT THE HEARING)/SUBPOENAS (NON-JUDICIAL, TESTIMONY ONLY, MOTION TO COMPEL COMPLIANCE WITH NON-JUDICIAL SUBPOENAS PROPERLY GRANTED, ANY OBJECTIONS WOULD HAVE TO AWAIT THE ACTUAL QUESTIONING AT THE HEARING)