The Second Department determined the defendant, who brought a motion to vacate a default judgment in an automobile-accident case, was estopped from claiming he was not properly served because he never notified the Department of Motor Vehicles of his change of address:
Since the respondent failed to notify the DMV of his change of residence, as required by Vehicle and Traffic Law § 505(5), he was estopped from raising a claim of defective service … . Accordingly, that branch of the respondent’s motion which was pursuant to CPLR 5015(a)(4), based on lack of personal jurisdiction, should have been denied. Likewise, the respondent was not entitled to relief pursuant to CPLR 5015(a)(1), based upon excusable default; the respondent’s purported change of residence is not a reasonable excuse, because he failed to comply with Vehicle and Traffic Law § 505(5) … .
Moreover, the respondent was not entitled to relief pursuant to CPLR 317, since his failure to receive notice of the summons was a deliberate attempt to avoid such notice… . Canales v Flores, 2013 NY Slip Op 08584, 2nd Dept 12-26-13