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Baldeo v. Rambaran

Supreme Court of New York, Second Department

June 26, 2013

Philip Baldeo, appellant,
v.
Hemant Rambaran, etc., respondent. Index No. 17814/07

Jacob S. Feinzeig, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Solomon J. Jaskiel of counsel), for appellant.

Hemant Rambaran, Flushing, N.Y., respondent pro se.

WILLIAM F. MASTRO, J.P., L. PRISCILLA HALL, PLUMMER E. LOTT, SANDRA L. SGROI, JJ.

DECISION & ORDER

In an action to recover on a promissory note, brought by motion for summary judgment in lieu of complaint pursuant to CPLR 3213, the plaintiff appeals from an order of the Supreme Court, Queens County (Elliot, J.), entered May 22, 2012, which denied his motion for summary judgment.

ORDERED that the order is affirmed, with costs.

The plaintiff commenced this action to recover on a promissory note by filing a summons with notice of motion for summary judgment in lieu of complaint pursuant to CPLR 3213. The Supreme Court properly denied the plaintiff's motion. The plaintiff established his prima facie entitlement to judgment as a matter of law by demonstrating the existence of the promissory note executed by the defendant, the unconditional terms of repayment, and the defendant's default thereunder (see Cooper Capital Group, Ltd. v Densen, 104 A.D.3d 898; Sound Shore Med. Ctr. of Westchester v Maloney, 96 A.D.3d 823, 823-824; Frankini v Landmark Constr. of Yonkers, Inc., 91 A.D.3d 593, 594). However, in opposition, the defendant raised a triable issue of fact as to whether the subject promissory note was procured through coercion and duress (see Meerabux v Henderson, 79 A.D.3d 987, 988; Bekas v 13 Sagamore Woods Corp., 203 A.D.2d 406; Art Stone Theat. Corp. v Technical Programming & Sys. Support of Long Is., 157 A.D.2d 689, 691). Contrary to the plaintiff's contention, he failed to demonstrate that the defendant should be collaterally estopped from raising this issue, as the plaintiff failed to demonstrate that the issue was necessarily decided against the defendant in a prior action commenced by the plaintiff to set aside a fraudulent conveyance pursuant to Debtor and Creditor Law §§ 273 and 276 (see Tydings v Greenfield, Stein & Senior, LLP, 11 N.Y.3d 195, 199; Beuchel v Bain, 97 N.Y.2d 295, 304, cert denied 535 U.S. 1096; Soni v Pryor, 102 A.D.3d 856, 857).

MASTRO, J.P., HALL, LOTT and SGROI, JJ., concur.


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