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Tonawanda School Employees Federal Credit Union v. Zack

Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, Fourth Department
Sep 30, 1997
242 A.D.2d 894 (N.Y. App. Div. 1997)

Opinion

September 30, 1997

Appeal from Supreme Court, Erie County, Notaro, J.

Present — Denman, P.J., Hayes, Callahan, Doerr and Boehm, JJ.


Order unanimously reversed on the law without costs and matter remitted to Supreme Court for further proceedings in accordance with the following Memorandum: Vivian Dube (defendant) was personally served with the summons and complaint in this action commenced by plaintiff to recover the proceeds of a loan to defendant Timothy F. Zack, for which defendant was a cosigner on a promissory note. When defendant was notified that a default judgment had been entered against her, she immediately moved to vacate it. She averred that, after she was served with the summons and complaint, she telephoned plaintiff's attorney, who told her that, if she provided information concerning the whereabouts of Zack, no further action would be taken against her. She provided the requested information and, according to defendant, plaintiff's attorney told her that she could ignore the summons and complaint. Plaintiff's attorney submitted an affirmation denying defendant's allegations. He admitted having three telephone conversations with defendant shortly after commencement of the action, but denied telling her that no further action would be taken against her. Supreme Court summarily denied the motion.

Defendant's allegations, if true, establish fraud, misrepresentation or other misconduct by an adverse party, entitling defendant to vacatur of the judgment without the necessity of defendant's establishing a meritorious defense to the action ( see, CPLR 5015 [a] [3]; Shaw v. Shaw, 97 A.D.2d 403, 404). The conflicting allegations present an issue of fact, which the court erred in determining without holding a hearing ( see, D'Alleva v D'Alleva, 127 A.D.2d 732, 735; Rifenburg v. Liffiton Homes, 107 A.D.2d 1015, 1016-1017). We therefore reverse the order and remit the matter to Supreme Court for that purpose. We have examined defendant's alternative arguments and conclude that they lack merit.


Summaries of

Tonawanda School Employees Federal Credit Union v. Zack

Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, Fourth Department
Sep 30, 1997
242 A.D.2d 894 (N.Y. App. Div. 1997)
Case details for

Tonawanda School Employees Federal Credit Union v. Zack

Case Details

Full title:TONAWANDA SCHOOL EMPLOYEES FEDERAL CREDIT UNION, Respondent, v. TIMOTHY F…

Court:Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, Fourth Department

Date published: Sep 30, 1997

Citations

242 A.D.2d 894 (N.Y. App. Div. 1997)
662 N.Y.S.2d 885

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