PREMIER CAPITAL INC PLAINTIFF APPELLANT v. KENT DEHAAN DEFENDANT RESPONDENT

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

PREMIER CAPITAL, INC., PLAINTIFF–APPELLANT, v. KENT R. DEHAAN, DEFENDANT–RESPONDENT.

CA 14–00773

Decided: November 21, 2014

PRESENT:  SCUDDER, P.J., SMITH, PERADOTTO, CARNI, AND SCONIERS, JJ. LECLAIR RYAN, P.C., ROCHESTER (MICHAEL J. CROSNICKER OF COUNSEL), FOR PLAINTIFF–APPELLANT. LANCE J. MARK, PLLC, MEDINA (LANCE J. MARK OF COUNSEL), FOR DEFENDANT–RESPONDENT.

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

It is hereby ORDERED that the judgment and order insofar as appealed from is unanimously reversed on the law without costs, the cross motion is denied, the complaint is reinstated and that part of the motion seeking summary judgment is granted, and the matter is remitted to Supreme Court, Monroe County, for entry of a renewal judgment in favor of plaintiff.

Memorandum:  On a prior appeal, this Court concluded that plaintiff, as assignee of a default judgment entered against defendant, “was entitled to commence an action for a renewal judgment without permission pursuant to CPLR 5014(1)” (Chase Lincoln First Bank, N.A. v DeHaan, 89 AD3d 1476, 1477).   While that appeal was pending, plaintiff commenced such an action, and thereafter moved, inter alia, for summary judgment.   We conclude that Supreme Court erred in denying plaintiff's motion insofar as it sought summary judgment and granting defendant's cross motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint, and we therefore remit the matter to Supreme Court for entry of a renewal judgment in favor of plaintiff.

Plaintiff established its entitlement to judgment as a matter of law “by demonstrating the existence of the prior judgment, that the defendant was the judgment debtor, that the judgment was docketed at least nine years prior to the commencement of th[e] action, and that the judgment remains ․ unsatisfied” (Rose v. Gulizia, 104 AD3d 757, 758;  see CPLR 5014;  Premier Capital, LLC v. Best Traders, Inc., 88 AD3d 677, 678).   In opposition, defendant failed to raise a triable issue of fact (see Pangburn v. Klug, 244 A.D.2d 394, 395;  see generally Zuckerman v. City of New York, 49 N.Y.2d 557, 562).   We reject defendant's contention that the action is barred by laches inasmuch as “laches is an equitable defense which is unavailable [here, i.e.,] in an action at law commenced within the period of limitation” (Premier Capital, LLC, 88 AD3d at 678).   Finally, contrary to defendant's further contention, plaintiff's commencement of another action seeking identical relief did not implicate the doctrine of election of remedies (see generally Matter of City of Syracuse v Fitch St. Props., LLC, 71 AD3d 1388, 1389).

Frances E. Cafarell

Clerk of the Court