CPLR R. 5015
Galasso, Langione & Botter, LLP v Liotti, 2011 NY Slip Op 01432 (App. Div., 2nd 2011)
Although the court has an inherent discretionary power to relieve a party from a judgment or order for sufficient reason and in the interest of substantial justice (see Woodson v Mendon Leasing Corp., 100 NY2d 62, 68; Katz v Marra, 74 AD3d 888; see generally Selinger v Selinger, 250 AD2d 752, 753), the invocation of the court's inherent power to vacate its judgment or order was not warranted herein. Thus, the Supreme Court properly denied the appellant's motion to vacate the judgment, and properly denied his motion for leave to renew his motion to vacate the judgment. Moreover, the Supreme Court also providently exercised its discretion, upon granting the third-party defendant's motion for sanctions, in imposing a sanction in the sum of $1,000 on the appellant (see 22 NYCRR 130-1.1 [c]; Tornheim v Blue & White Food Prods. Corp., 73 AD3d 749).
Indeed, the conduct of the pro se appellant attorney in pursuing the instant appeal appears to be completely without merit in law or fact and unsupported by a reasonable argument for an extension, modification, or reversal of existing law, or undertaken primarily to delay or prolong the resolution of litigation or to harass or maliciously injure another (see 22 NYCRR 130-1.1[c]; Tornheim v Blue & White Food Prods. Corp., 73 AD3d 749; Weinstock v Weinstock, 253 AD2d 873, 874, cert denied 526 US 1088).