Sworn denial of service not always sufficient. Specific facts required.

CPLR 3211(a)(8)

Tikvah Enters., LLC v Neuman, 2011 NY Slip Op 00502 (App. Div., 2nd 2011)

Moreover, the Supreme Court properly denied, without a hearing, the defendant's motion pursuant to CPLR 3211(a)(8) to dismiss the complaint insofar as asserted against him for lack of personal jurisdiction. A process server's affidavit of service constitutes prima facie evidence of proper service (see Associates First Capital Corp. v Wiggins, 75 AD3d 614; Scarano v Scarano, 63 AD3d 716). "Although a defendant's sworn denial of receipt of service generally rebuts the presumption of proper service established by the process server's affidavit and necessitates an evidentiary hearing . . . no hearing is required where the defendant fails to swear to specific facts to rebut the statements in the process server's affidavits'" (Scarano v Scarano, 63 AD3d at 716, quoting Simonds v Grobman, 277 AD2d 369, 370; see Associates First Capital Corp. v Wiggins, 75 AD3d at 614-615; City of New York v Miller, 72 AD3d 726, 727). Here, the defendant never denied the specific facts contained in the process server's affidavits. Accordingly, no hearing was required (see Scarano v Scarano, 63 AD3d at 716-717; Roberts v Anka, 45 AD3d 752, 754).

Keep this in mind when opposing motions to vacate.

The bold is mine.

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