Editor: David Reiss
Brooklyn Law School

November 24, 2013

Supreme Court of New York Grants Plaintiff’s Motion to Dismiss and Denied Defendant’s Cross-Motion

By Ebube Okoli

The court in deciding Bank of N.Y. Mellon v Arthur, 2013 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 4875, 2013 NY Slip Op 32625(U) (N.Y. Sup. Ct. Oct. 23, 2013) granted the plaintiff’s motion to dismiss and denied the defendant’s [Arthur] cross-motion.

The Plaintiff commenced a foreclosure of a mortgage. Plaintiff moved for an order: (i) pursuant to CPLR § 3212 granting summary judgment on its foreclosure claim; (ii) pursuant to CPLR § 3211(b) and § 3212, dismissing with prejudice each of the affirmative defenses and counterclaims raised by the defendant in his answer.

The court noted that in a mortgage foreclosure case, “a plaintiff may establish a prima facie right to foreclosure by producing the mortgage documents underlying the transaction and undisputed evidence of nonpayment.” Thus, once the plaintiff established its right to foreclosure, the burden is on the defendant “to raise a triable issue regarding his affirmative defenses and counterclaims in opposition to foreclosure.”

Here, the plaintiff made out its prima facie by producing undisputed affidavits. The court found that Arthur’s response failed to produce competent evidence of any defense to raise an issue of fact. Thus, the court eventually granted the plaintiff’s motion and denied Arthur’s cross-motion.

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