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In fact, the same homeowner had a similar issue in a Florida action and succeeded to have the foreclosure dismissed pro se. See Elsman v. HSBC Bank USA, 182 So.3d 770, 771 (Fla. 5th DCA 2015). However, in this subsequent case, the Second Department did not dismiss the case but merely denied the bank’s summary judgment motion, leaving the assumption that the pro se homeowner failed to cross-move to dismiss. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v…
In fact, the same homeowner had a similar issue in a Florida action and succeeded to have the foreclosure dismissed pro se. See Elsman v. HSBC Bank USA, 182 So.3d 770, 771 (Fla. 5th DCA 2015). However, in this subsequent case, the Second Department did not dismiss the case but merely denied the bank’s summary judgment motion, leaving the assumption that the pro se homeowner failed to cross-move to dismiss. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v…
This case has a few twists and turns; the most significant one being that, through no fault of either party, the marital portion of a pension was incorrectly calculated by the plan, requiring the court to reconsider spousal maintenance and equitable shares. Achuthan v Achuthan, 2020 NY Slip Op 00255, Decided on January 15, 2020, Appellate Division, Second Department: “The parties were married on May 28, 1981, in New Delhi, India, and have one adult…
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The parties had a secular marriage. Can a husband force his wife to get a religious divorce when she never agreed to do so? Here are the facts: “Following the execution of the Financial Stipulation, the Wife’s counsel prepared a proposed Judgment of Divorce and ancillary documents for submission to the Court. According to the Husband, his attorney then contacted Wife’s attorney to request the proposed Judgment include a provision requiring cooperation with a GET.…
In this case, a federal court addresses New York State law on partition of real property Chasewood v. Kay, NYLJ January 10, Date filed: 2020-01-06, Court: U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, U.S. – EDNY, Judge: Magistrate Judge Steven Gold, Case Number: 18-CV-623:  “……B. Partition and Sale “A person holding and in possession of real property as…tenant in common…may maintain an action for partition of the property, and for a sale…
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The building involved is one of the Lincoln Towers residential buildings by Lincoln Center. The unit must be at least $500K value with maintenance charges of over $1200 a month. This is a sad story that has been in the court system for several years. 140 W. End Ave. Owners v. Dinah L., NYLJ January 08, 2020,  Date filed: 2019-11-26, Court: Civil Court, New York, Judge: Judge Lillian Wan, Case Number: 73825/2017: “In this nuisance…
Inbar Grp. Inc. v. St. Mark’s World Inc., NYLJ January 07, 2020, Date filed: 2019-12-05, Court: Supreme Court, New York, Judge: Justice David Cohen, Case Number: 653565/2016: “Plaintiff’s motion is granted in part and defendants’ cross-motion to amend is granted. The portion of the cross-motion seeking dismissal of the claims against Michael Morgan personally is denied. The following facts are not in dispute. On March 19, 2014, St Mark’s World, Inc. (“SMW”) entered into a…
Matter of Rabinowich v Rabinowich, 2019 NY Slip Op 09271, Decided on December 24, 2019, Appellate Division, Second Department: “The mother and the father are the divorced parents of three children, the youngest two of whom are the subject of the instant proceeding. Pursuant to the custody provisions set forth in a stipulation of settlement, incorporated but not merged into the parties’ judgment of divorce dated October 30, 2006, the parties had joint legal and…