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Golden First Bank v. Tal

Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department, New York.
Feb 24, 2016
136 A.D.3d 974 (N.Y. App. Div. 2016)

Opinion

02-24-2016

GOLDEN FIRST BANK, plaintiff-respondent, v. Hersel TAL, also known as Herzel Tal, appellant, et al., defendants; 155 Chestnut, LLC, nonparty-respondent.

The Berkman Law Office, LLC, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Robert J. Tolchin of counsel), for appellant. Berkman, Henoch, Peterson, Peddy & Fenchel, P.C., Garden City, N.Y. (Bruce J. Bergman of counsel), for nonparty-respondent.


The Berkman Law Office, LLC, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Robert J. Tolchin of counsel), for appellant.

Berkman, Henoch, Peterson, Peddy & Fenchel, P.C., Garden City, N.Y. (Bruce J. Bergman of counsel), for nonparty-respondent.

MARK C. DILLON, J.P., JEFFREY A. COHEN, JOSEPH J. MALTESE, and BETSY BARROS, JJ.

In an action to foreclose a mortgage, the defendant Hersel Tal, also known as Herzel Tal, appeals from an order of the Supreme Court, Nassau County (Adams, J.), entered April 9, 2014, which denied his motion to vacate or modify a judgment of foreclosure and sale of the same court (McCabe, J.), entered April 24, 2008, upon his failure to appear or answer the complaint.

ORDERED that the order is affirmed, with costs.

The Supreme Court properly denied the appellant's motion to vacate or modify the judgment of foreclosure and sale entered April 24, 2008, upon his failure to appear or answer the complaint. Vacatur could only be obtained by way of a motion to vacate the judgment of foreclosure and sale pursuant to CPLR 5015 (see IndyMac Bank, F.S.B. v. Vincoli, 105 A.D.3d 704, 706, 962 N.Y.S.2d 624 ). Although the appellant did not designate his motion as made pursuant to CPLR 5015, he contended that the judgment must be vacated based upon alleged acts of misconduct committed by the plaintiff and its principal, which falls under CPLR 5015(a)(3). However, the appellant failed to satisfy his burden of establishing that the plaintiff procured the subject judgment of foreclosure and sale by fraud, misrepresentation, or other misconduct (see Citimortgage, Inc. v. Bustamante, 107 A.D.3d 752, 753, 968 N.Y.S.2d 513 ; Onewest Bank, FSB v. Martinez, 101 A.D.3d 969, 970, 955 N.Y.S.2d 532 ). The appellant's broad, unsubstantiated allegations of fraud and claims of improper practices in unrelated matters were not sufficient to meet his burden (see Citimortgage, Inc. v. Bustamante, 107 A.D.3d at 753, 968 N.Y.S.2d 513 ; Onewest Bank, FSB v. Martinez, 101 A.D.3d at 970, 955 N.Y.S.2d 532 ; Bank of N.Y. v. Stradford, 55 A.D.3d 765, 766, 869 N.Y.S.2d 554 ).

The appellant's remaining contentions either are not properly before this Court, without merit, or refer to matter dehors the record.


Summaries of

Golden First Bank v. Tal

Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department, New York.
Feb 24, 2016
136 A.D.3d 974 (N.Y. App. Div. 2016)
Case details for

Golden First Bank v. Tal

Case Details

Full title:GOLDEN FIRST BANK, plaintiff-respondent, v. Hersel TAL, also known as…

Court:Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department, New York.

Date published: Feb 24, 2016

Citations

136 A.D.3d 974 (N.Y. App. Div. 2016)
25 N.Y.S.3d 638
2016 N.Y. Slip Op. 1291

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