New York SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE TERM, SECOND DEPARTMENT, 2d, 11th and 13th JUDICIAL DISTRICTS
April 27, 2012
EAST GUN HILL MEDICAL, P.C. AS ASSIGNEE OF MILTON CHAZE CURTIS, RESPONDENT,
FIDUCIARY INSURANCE COMPANY OF AMERICA, APPELLANT.
Appeals from orders of the Civil Court of the City of New York, Queens County (Richard G. Latin, J.), entered October 6, 2010 and December 20, 2010.
East Gun Hill Med., P.C. v Fiduciary Ins. Co. of Am.
Decided on April 27, 2012
Appellate Term, Second Department
Published by New York State Law Reporting Bureau pursuant to Judiciary Law § 431.
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PRESENT: PESCE, P.J., RIOS and ALIOTTA, JJ.
The order entered October 6, 2010 granted plaintiff's unopposed motion for summary judgment. The order entered December 20, 2010 denied defendant's motion to vacate the order entered October 6, 2010 and, upon such vacatur, to deny plaintiff's motion for summary judgment. The appeal from the order entered December 20, 2010 is deemed to be from a judgment of the same court entered January 4, 2011 awarding plaintiff the principal sum of $9,697.56 (see CPLR 5512 [a]).
ORDERED that the appeal from the order entered October 6, 2010 is dismissed on the ground that no appeal lies from an order entered upon the default of the appealing party (see CPLR 5511); and it is further,
ORDERED that the judgment is affirmed, without costs.
In this action by a provider to recover assigned first-party no-fault benefits, defendant appeals from, among other things, an order of the Civil Court entered December 20, 2010 which denied defendant's motion to vacate a prior order entered October 6, 2010 granting plaintiff's unopposed motion for summary judgment and, upon such vacatur, to deny plaintiff's motion for summary judgment. We deem the appeal from the order entered December 20, 2010 to be from the judgment which was subsequently entered (see CPLR 5512 [a]).
A defendant seeking to vacate an order entered on default pursuant to CPLR 5015 (a) (1) must demonstrate a reasonable excuse for the default and a meritorious defense to the action (see Eugene Di Lorenzo, Inc. v A.C. Dutton Lbr. Co., 67 NY2d 138, 141 ; Hodges v Sidial, 48 AD3d 633, 634 ; Hageman v Home Depot U.S.A., Inc., 25 AD3d 760 ). In the instant case, defendant's moving papers failed to proffer, let alone establish, a reasonable excuse for the default. Accordingly, the judgment is affirmed.
Pesce, P.J., Rios and Aliotta, JJ., concur.
Decision Date: April 27, 2012
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