The Second Department, reversing Supreme Court, determined defendants’ motion to dismiss this personal injury case on the ground of forum non conveniens grounds (CPLR 327) should have been granted:
On a motion pursuant to CPLR 327 to dismiss the complaint on the ground of forum non conveniens, the burden is on the movant to demonstrate the relevant private or public interest factors that militate against a New York court’s acceptance of the litigation. “Among the factors the court must weigh are the residency of the parties, the potential hardship to proposed witnesses, the availability of an alternative forum, the situs of the actionable events, and the burden which will be imposed upon the New York courts, with no one single factor controlling” … . …
… New York courts need not entertain causes of action lacking a substantial nexus with New York … . In this case, the accident occurred in New Jersey, the decedent was a resident of New Jersey and, as a result of the accident, received medical treatment in New Jersey before her death; the plaintiff is a resident of Georgia, and none of the potential witnesses are believed to be residents of New York. Although the defendant Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is a statutory resident of New York … , and the defendant Champlain Enterprises, Inc., is a New York corporation, when taking into consideration all of the relevant factors , we find that the defendants established that New York is an inconvenient forum in which to prosecute this action … .
However, in order to assure the availability of a forum for the action, our reversal and granting of the motion to dismiss the complaint pursuant to CPLR 327 is conditioned on the defendants stipulating to waive jurisdictional and statute of limitations defenses as indicated herein\ … . Sikinyi v Port Auth. of N.Y. & N.J., 2020 NY Slip Op 03683, Second Dept 7-1-20