No authority to grant releif against a non-party

Flangos v Flangos, 2011 NY Slip Op 02347 (App. Div., 2nd 2001)

The Supreme Court lacked jurisdiction to impose obligations in the amended judgment upon the nonparty-appellant. "A court has no power to grant relief against an entity not named as a party and not properly summoned before the court" (Riverside Capital Advisors, Inc. v First Secured Capital Corp., 28 AD3d 457, 460). Accordingly, the Supreme Court should have granted that branch of the nonparty-appellant's motion which was to vacate so much of the amended judgment as directs it to make certain payments. Similarly, the Supreme Court erred to the extent that it, sua sponte, in effect, amended a provision in the amended judgment directing the nonparty-appellant to give notice of stated proposed changes in the payments. Contrary to the plaintiff's contention, the amended judgment itself is not a proper income execution order under CPLR 5241, nor is it a proper income deduction order under CPLR 5242.