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http://nycourts.law.com/CourtDocumentViewer.asp?view=Document&docID=46989 Judge Mendez PLAINTIFF MEDICAL provider sought to recover for first-party, no-fault benefits. Its assistant office manager testified that patients regularly complete intake forms and sign required documents at their initial visit. The witness however, neither observed the assignor sign the assignment or other documents nor is familiar with the assignor’s signature. Citing Johnson v. Lutz, the court held that an assignment of benefits form was not admissible under the business exception to the hearsay rule as embodied in Civil Practice Law and Rules �4518(a) because the assignee had no duty to report any information. The court also determined that a bill to the assignee, prepared and mailed by a separate entity was inadmissible under the business exception to the hearsay rule. Citing S & M Supply Inc. v. Geico Insurance, the court observed that plaintiff’s witness had no personal knowledge as to how the bill was prepared and when the invoice was mailed.

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