The Second Department, reversing Supreme Court, determined a stay of arbitration should have been granted and a framed issue hearing granted. Respondent, Michelle Robinson, was struck from behind The driver, Randall, gave Robinson her contact information but left the scene before the police arrived. GEICO, the insurer of the offending vehicle, denied Robinson’s claim stating that Lewis, not Randall, was their insured. Robinson then demanded arbitration for uninsured motorist benefits from Allstate, her insurer. Allstate moved to stay arbitration and requested a framed issue hearing:
“The party seeking a stay of arbitration has the burden of showing the existence of sufficient evidentiary facts to establish a preliminary issue which would justify the stay” … . “Thereafter, the burden shifts to the party opposing the stay to rebut the prima facie showing” … . “Where a triable issue of fact is raised, the Supreme Court, not the arbitrator, must determine it in a framed-issue hearing, and the appropriate procedure under such circumstances is to temporarily stay arbitration pending a determination of the issue” … .
Here, the documents submitted by Allstate in support of the petition demonstrated the existence of sufficient evidentiary facts to establish a preliminary issue justifying a temporary stay … . By submitting the MV-104 motor vehicle accident report and the MVR vehicle record report with the results of the license plate search for the plate number provided by Robinson, Allstate made a prima facie showing that the offending vehicle involved in the subject accident had insurance coverage with GEICO at the time of the accident … .
In opposition, Robinson and the GEICO respondents raised questions of fact as to whether the offending vehicle was involved in the subject accident … . Matter of Allstate Ins. Co. v Robinson, 2020 NY Slip Op 07051, Second Dept 11-25-20