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Posted: January 16, 2020

Court Refuses to Vacate Default Judgment Despite Conclusory Assertions That Service Not Received When Defendant Admitted Being Aware of the Action

On January 2, 2020, the First Department issued a decision in Fisher v. Lewis Constr. NYC Inc., 2020 NY Slip Op. 00041, refusing to vacate a default judgment despite conclusory denials of service, explaining: Defendant failed to establish a reasonable excuse for its default. Plaintiff properly served defendant corporation by means of service upon the... Read more »

Posted: January 4, 2020

Defendant’s Incarceration Not Reasonable Excuse for Default When Defendant Was Represented by Counsel

On December 19, 2019, the First Department issued a decision in Matter of Wimbledon Fin. Master Fund, Ltd. v. Sage Group Consulting Inc., 2019 NY Slip Op. 09109, holding that a defendant’s incarceration was not a reasonable excuse for a default when the defendant was represented by counsel, explaining: To vacate a default judgment under... Read more »

Posted: October 5, 2019

Default Judgment Denied Due to Failure to Prove Damages; Plaintiff Allowed to Take Discovery and Renew Motion

On September 27, 2019, Justice Schecter of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in W. & M. Operating, L.L.C. v. Bakhshi, 2019 NY Slip Op. 32865(U), denying default judgment due to a lack of proof of damages but allowing the plaintiff to take discovery and renew the motion, explaining: Porco, however, has... Read more »

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┬áBlack 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 »