Confession of Judgment CPLR § 3218(a)(2)

CPLR § 3218 Judgment by
confession
(a) Affidavit of defendant
(2) if the judgment to be confessed is for money due or to become due, stating concisely the facts out of which the debt arose and showing that the sum confessed is justly due or to become due

Cole-Hatchard v Nicholson, 2010 NY Slip Op 04131 (App. Div., 2nd, 2010)

Contrary to the plaintiffs' contention, the Receiver had standing to
seek vacatur of the judgment by confession on the ground that the
affidavit of confession of judgment does not [*2]comply
with CPLR 3218(a)(2)
(see County Nat'l Bank v Vogt, 28 AD2d 793,
794, affd 21 NY2d 800; In re Horowitz, 98 NYS2d 881, 882,
affd 277 App Div 1130; 7-3218 New York Civil Practice: CPLR P
3218.00; see generally Eberhard v Marcu, 530 F3d 122, 133; Scholes
v Lehmann,
56 F3d 750, 755, cert denied sub nom. African
Enterprise, Inc. v Scholes,
516 US 1028; SEC v Shiv, 379 F
Supp 2d 609; cf. Burtner v Burtner, 144 AD2d 417, 418; Magalhaes
v Magalhaes,
254 App Div 880, 881), and the Receiver was not
required to commence a plenary action to the extent he sought to vacate
the judgment by confession on that ground (see County Natl. Bank v
Vogt,
28 AD2d 793, affd 21 NY2d 800; Mall Commercial Corp.
v Chrisa Rest.,
85 Misc 2d 613, 614; cf. Engster v Passonno, 202
AD2d 769, 769; Affenita v Long Indus., 133 AD2d 727, 728; Bufkor,
Inc. v Wasson & Fried,
33 AD2d 636, 637).

Also contrary to the plaintiffs' contention, the affidavit of
confession of judgment, which failed, inter alia, to set forth any facts
explaining why Nicholson was indebted to the plaintiffs with respect to
the money they invested with him, or why such debt was justly due, does
not comply with CPLR 3218(a)(2)
(see Franco v Zeltser, 111 AD2d
367, 368; County Nat'l Bank v Vogt, 28 AD2d at 793; Wood v
Mitchell,
117 NY 439, 441; cf. Harrison v Gibbons, 71 NY 58,
60; Perkins Davis Group, Inc. v Chelsea 82973, LLC, 24
AD3d 645
, 645; Eurofactors Intl., Inc. v Jacobowitz, 21 AD3d 443,
445; ILMS Realty Assn. v Madden, 174 AD2d 603, 603; Princeton
Bank & Trust Co. v Berley,
57 AD2d 348, 352-354). In that
regard, given that the affidavit of confession of judgment does not
simply contain some minor error of fact, but rather, is wholly
insufficient under CPLR 3218(a)(2),
the Supreme Court providently
exercised its discretion in declining to amend the judgment by
confession as an alternative to granting the Receiver's motion to vacate
it (see Baehre v Rochester Dental Prosthetics, 112 Misc 2d 270,
276; cf. Princeton Bank & Trust Co. v Berley, 57 AD2d at
354).

The bold is mine.

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