Commercial Division Blog

Posted: April 3, 2019 / Categories Commercial, Default Judgment

Court Declines to Issue Declaratory Judgment on Default; Hearing Necessary

On March 14, 2019, Justice Masley of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in West Harlem Community Org., Inc. v. West Harlem Community Org. Local Dev. Corp., 2019 NY Slip Op. 30657(U), declining to issue a declaratory judgment on default, explaining:

Plaintiffs also seek a declaratory judgment. However, New York courts rarely grant declaratory judgments on default with no inquiry as to the merits. Declaratory judgments require that a plaintiff establish a right to a declaration against a defendant and will not be granted on the default and pleadings alone. Therefore, if plaintiffs wish to pursue this claim, a hearing is necessary.

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