CREDIT BASED ASSET SERVICING AND SECURITIZATION LLC v. GRIMMER

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Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Fourth Department, New York.

CREDIT-BASED ASSET SERVICING AND SECURITIZATION, LLC, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. William G. GRIMMER, Jr., Karen R. Grimmer, Defendants-Respondents, et al., Defendants.

Decided: November 15, 2002

PRESENT:  PIGOTT, JR., P.J., PINE, WISNER, and KEHOE, JJ. Carus & Manniello, P.C., Syosset (Edward Rugino Of Counsel), for Plaintiff-Appellant. William B. Joint, Bath, for Defendants-Respondents.

 Plaintiff, the most recent assignee of a mortgage given by defendants, commenced this mortgage foreclosure action against them.   Plaintiff appeals from an order and judgment denying its motion for summary judgment, and granting the cross motion of William G. Grimmer, Jr., and Karen R. Grimmer (defendants) for dismissal of the complaint against them pursuant to CPLR 3211(a)(4) and RPAPL 1301(3) on the basis of a prior pending foreclosure action brought by a prior holder of the mortgage.   We agree with plaintiff that defendants are not entitled to dismissal of the complaint pursuant to CPLR 3211(a)(4) because the prior action is not “pending between the same parties” to this action (id.;   see Hitchings v. Village of Sylvan Beach, 221 A.D.2d 926, 635 N.Y.S.2d 381;  Glatzer v. Scappatura, 99 A.D.2d 505, 470 N.Y.S.2d 675;  see also Blank v. Schafrann, 167 A.D.2d 745, 746, 563 N.Y.S.2d 311;  Forget v. Raymer, 65 A.D.2d 953, 954, 410 N.Y.S.2d 483).   We further agree with plaintiff that, under the circumstances of this case, defendants are not entitled to dismissal of the complaint pursuant to RPAPL 1301(3).   The record establishes that the prior foreclosure action was settled by the parties to that action upon execution of a forbearance agreement.   That prior action thereafter was abandoned, and the plaintiff therein subsequently tendered a stipulation of discontinuance to defendants' attorney.   Although that stipulation was not signed by defendants and filed with the court (see CPLR 3217[a][2] ), we conclude that the de facto discontinuance of the prior action militates against dismissal of this action (cf.  Federal Deposit Ins. Corp. v. 1873 W. Ave. Corp., 225 A.D.2d 893, 895, 639 N.Y.S.2d 163;  Lehman v. Roseanne Invs. Corp., 106 A.D.2d 617, 618, 483 N.Y.S.2d 106).

 With respect to plaintiff's motion for summary judgment, we conclude that plaintiff established its entitlement to judgment as a matter of law by “submitting proof of the existence of the mortgage, defendants' default in payment, and written notice to defendants of the default, as required by the mortgage,” and that defendants failed to raise a triable issue of fact (Trustco Bank, N.A. v. Victoria Assoc., 251 A.D.2d 995, 996, 674 N.Y.S.2d 542;  see Mahopac Natl. Bank v. Baisley, 244 A.D.2d 466, 664 N.Y.S.2d 345, lv. dismissed 91 N.Y.2d 1003, 676 N.Y.S.2d 129, 698 N.E.2d 958;  see also Trustco Bank, N.A. v. Allison Assoc., 249 A.D.2d 911, 671 N.Y.S.2d 379).   Plaintiff further established its entitlement to judgment as a matter of law dismissing the affirmative defenses (see United Cos. Lending Corp. v. Candela, 292 A.D.2d 800, 801-802, 740 N.Y.S.2d 543;  see also Trustco Bank, N.A., 249 A.D.2d at 912, 671 N.Y.S.2d 379).   We therefore reverse the order, deny the cross motion of defendants, reinstate the complaint against them, grant plaintiff's motion for summary judgment, and remit the matter to Supreme Court, Steuben County, for the appointment of a referee to compute the amount owed by defendants to plaintiff (see United Cos. Lending Corp., 292 A.D.2d at 802, 740 N.Y.S.2d 543;  Trustco Bank, N.A., 249 A.D.2d at 912, 671 N.Y.S.2d 379).

It is hereby ORDERED that the order and judgment so appealed from be and the same hereby is unanimously reversed on the law with costs, the cross motion is denied, the complaint against defendants William G. Grimmer, Jr., and Karen R. Grimmer is reinstated, the motion is granted and the matter is remitted to Supreme Court, Steuben County, for further proceedings.

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