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Posted: September 21, 2019

Court Erred in Vacating Default When There Was No Reasonable Excuse for the Default

On September 11, 2019, the Second Department issued a decision in EMC Mtge. Corp. v. Walker, 2019 NY Slip Op. 06474, holding that it was error to vacate a default when there was no reasonable excuse for the default, explaining: In order to vacate a default in appearing at a scheduled court conference, a plaintiff... Read more »

Posted: September 18, 2019

Dismissal of Foreclosure Action for Failure to Prosecute Vacated

On September 11, 2019, the Second Department issued a decision in U.S. Bank Natl. Assn. v. Spence, 2019 NY Slip Op. 06529, vacating the dismissal of a foreclosure action for failure to prosecute, explaining: A pleading cannot be dismissed pursuant to CPLR 3216(a) unless a written demand is served upon the party against whom such... Read more »

Posted: July 9, 2019

Corporate Defendant’s Mail Delivery Problems Not Basis for Vacating Default Judgment

On June 17, 2019, Justice Borrok of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Fisher v. Lewis Constr. NYC, Inc., 2019 NY Slip Op. 31775(U), holding that a corporate defendant’s mail delivery problems were not a basis for vacating a default judgment, explaining: Under CPLR 5015(a)(1), a court may relieve a party... Read more »

Posted: June 19, 2019

Court Denies Default Judgment for Lack of Evidence Supporting Plaintiff’s Claim

On June 6, 2019, Justice Ostrager of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Stone & Broad Inc. v. Nextel of N.Y., Inc., 2019 NY Slip Op. 31600(U), denying a motion for default judgment for lack of evidence supporting the plaintiff’s claims, explaining: In this motion, plaintiff seeks a default judgment in... Read more »

Posted: April 20, 2019

Court Grants Default Judgment; No Good Cause Shown for Failure Timely to Answer

On March 25, 2019, Justice Schecter of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Black Pearl Global Opportunity Fund v. Summit Equtites LLC, 2019 NY Slip Op. 30917(U), granting a default judgment because the defendant showed no good cause for failing timely to answer, explaining: Where, as here, a defendant does not timely... Read more »

Posted: April 16, 2019

Failure to Seek Default Judgment Within One Year of Default Results in Dismissal of Claims

On March 13, 2019, Justice Knipel of the Kings County Commercial Division issued a decision in Matter of Lev v. Rosenberg, 2019 NY Slip Op. 30824(U), holding that a defendant’s failure to seek a default judgment within one year of the plaintiff’s failure to respond to the defendant’s counterclaims was grounds for dismissal of those... Read more »

Posted: April 3, 2019

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... Read more »

Posted: March 9, 2019

Defendant Granted Default Judgment on its Counterclaims Against Plaintiff

On February 8, 2019, Justice Masley of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in K’s Intl. Polybags Mfg. Ltd. v. M.T. Packaging Inc., 2019 NY Slip Op. 30333(U), granting a defendant default judgment on its counterclaims against a plaintiff, explaining: When a defendant has failed to appear, plead or proceed to trial of... Read more »

Posted: October 8, 2018

No Appeal From Default Judgment; Appellant Should Have Moved to Vacate and Appealed The Denial

On September 28, 2018, the Fourth Department issued a decision in Montanaro v. Weichert, 2018 NY Slip Op. 06354, holding that there is no appeal from a default judgment, explaining: It is well settled that no appeal lies from an order or judgment entered on default, and thus the appeal must be dismissed. Defendants’ remedy was... Read more »