3211(a)(8) and 3211(e)

Deutsche Bank Natl. Trust Co. v Acevedo, 2018 NY Slip Op 00407 [2d 2018]

In December 2014, more than 60 days after service of the defendant's verified answer with affirmative defenses and counterclaims, and more than 60 days after the plaintiff served the defendant with a verified reply to the counterclaims, the defendant moved to dismiss the complaint pursuant to CPLR 3211(a)(8) for lack of personal jurisdiction based on improper service and to cancel the notice of pendency against the subject property. The plaintiff opposed the defendant's motion, arguing, among other things, that the defendant waived the defense of lack of personal jurisdiction based on improper service by failing to move for judgment on that ground within 60 days [*2]after serving the answer. This motion was marked off the calendar.

Subsequently, the defendant moved to restore his prior motion to the calendar, and thereupon, to grant the motion. The plaintiff opposed the motion, again arguing, inter alia, that the defendant waived this defense pursuant to CPLR 3211(e). The Supreme Court granted the defendant's motion. The plaintiff appeals.

Although the Supreme Court properly granted that branch of the defendant's motion which was to restore, the court should not have thereupon granted his prior motion.

"[A]n objection that the summons and complaint . . . was not properly served is waived if, having raised such an objection in a pleading, the objecting party does not move for judgment on that ground within sixty days after serving the pleading, unless the court extends the time upon the ground of undue hardship" (CPLR 3211[e]). Here, the defendant failed to move for judgment on the ground of lack of personal jurisdiction based on improper service within 60 days after his answer was served. Additionally, he failed to made an adequate showing of undue hardship that prevented the making of the motion within the requisite statutory period. Although the plaintiff, appearing by its former attorneys, wrote to the defendant's attorney, stating that the verified answer with affirmative defenses and counterclaims was rejected, this Court has indicated that a "purported rejection of the defendants' answer did not extend the 60-day time limit" (Dimond v Verdon, 5 AD3d 718, 719). Further, less than one month after the defendant's verified answer with affirmative defenses and counterclaims was served, the plaintiff's responsive pleading was served. Under these circumstances, the defendant waived his objection to personal jurisdiction based on improper service (see id. at 719; see also Warsowe Acquisition Corp. v DeNoble, 116 AD3d 949, 950; Reyes v Albertson, 62 AD3d 855, 855).

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