The Fourth Department, reversing Supreme Court, determined the six-month period for filing a new complaint after dismissal started to run when the appeal of the denial of the motion to vacate the dismissal was exhausted:
Where a plaintiff has sought to appeal as of right from the denial of a motion to vacate the dismissal of its action, the action terminates for purposes of CPLR 205 (a) when the appeal “is truly ‘exhausted,’ either by a determination on the merits or by dismissal of the appeal, even if the appeal is dismissed as abandoned … . “Here, the dismissal of the 2012 action “did not constitute a final termination of that action within the meaning of CPLR 205 (a) because plaintiff’s predecessor in interest was statutorily authorized to file a motion to vacate [the dismissal] and to appeal from the denial of that motion” … . The 2012 action thus terminated for purposes of CPLR 205 (a) on November 30, 2018, when this Court dismissed the appeal and plaintiff’s predecessor in interest thereby exhausted its right of appeal … . Inasmuch as the instant action was commenced within six months of November 30, 2018, we conclude that it was timely commenced. MTGLQ Invs., LP v Zaveri, 2022 NY Slip Op 06335, Fourth Dept 11-10-22
Practice Point: The six-month period for refiling a complaint after dismissal (CPLR 208(a)) begins to run only after the appeal from the denial of a motion to vacate the dismissal is exhausted.