The Second Department determined Supreme Court properly found the bank did not negotiate in a mortgage foreclosure settlement conference (CPLR 3408(f)) in good faith and properly imposed certain sanctions on the bank:
Pursuant to CPLR 3408(f), the parties at a mandatory foreclosure settlement conference are required to negotiate in good faith to reach a mutually agreeable resolution (see CPLR 3408[f]…). ” The purpose of the good faith requirement [in CPLR 3408] is to ensure that both plaintiff and defendant are prepared to participate in a meaningful effort at the settlement conference to reach resolution'” … . To conclude that a party failed to negotiate in good faith pursuant to CPLR 3408(f), a court must determine that “the totality of the circumstances demonstrates that the party’s conduct did not constitute a meaningful effort at reaching a resolution” … .
Here, contrary to the Bank’s contention, the totality of the circumstances support the Supreme Court’s conclusion that it failed to negotiate in good faith. The homeowner’s submissions demonstrated that the Bank, among other things, engaged in dilatory conduct by “making piecemeal document requests, providing contradictory information, and repeatedly requesting documents which had already been provided” … . The Bank failed to offer any evidence in opposition to the homeowner’s motion and did not controvert the homeowner’s account of the mandatory settlement negotiations. Accordingly, under the circumstances, the Supreme Court properly concluded that the Bank violated CPLR 3408(f) by failing to negotiate in good faith … . LaSalle Bank, N.A. v Dono, 2016 NY Slip Op 00340, 2nd Dept 1-20-16
FORECLOSURE (BANK DID NOT NEGOTIATE IN GOOD FAITH RE: MANDATORY FORECLOSURE SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE)/CIVIL PROCEDURE (BANK DID NOT NEGOTIATE IN GOOD FAITH IN MANDATORY FORECLOSURE SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE)