To succeed on a motion for judgment as a matter of law pursuant to CPLR 4401, a defendant has the burden of showing that there is no rational process by which the jury could find in favor of the plaintiff and against the moving defendant (see Szcerbiak v Pilat, 90 NY2d 553, 556; Velez v Goldenberg, 29 AD3d 780, 781). In determining whether the defendant has met this burden, a court must accept the plaintiff’s evidence as true and accord the plaintiff the benefit of every reasonable inference which can reasonably be drawn from the evidence presented at trial (id. at 781; see Doland v Stephenson,AD3d, 2011 NY Slip Op 08113 [2d Dept 2011]; Wong v Tang, 2 AD3d 840).
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