The Second Department asked for further submissions to determine whether sanctions should be imposed for a frivolous appeal. After a judgment of foreclosure against the mortgagor, the mortgagor deeded the property to plaintiff. Plaintiff then brought a motion to quiet title which was dismissed based upon the foreclosure documents. The plaintiff then appealed, despite having brought identical proceedings in another matter which also had gone up on appeal:
Here, as in Carbone v Deutsche Bank Natl. Trust Co., a case involving the same plaintiff and almost identical facts, by submitting the judgment of foreclosure and sale and other documents from the prior foreclosure action, the Bank established that it had a defense founded upon documentary evidence; namely, that Carbone took the property subject to a valid judgment of foreclosure and sale, and that the instant action is an improper collateral attack upon the judgment … . Thus, since the Bank established that it had a defense founded upon documentary evidence which conclusively disposed of the plaintiff’s causes of action as a matter of law… , the Supreme Court properly granted the Bank’s motion pursuant to CPLR 3211(a)(1) to dismiss the complaint, and properly denied Carbone’s cross motion for summary judgment on the complaint.
In addition, since the plaintiff has raised arguments on this appeal that appear to be “completely without merit in law and cannot be supported by a reasonable argument for an extension, modification, or reversal of existing law” (22 NYCRR 130-1.1[c]), the appeal may be frivolous… . Accordingly, we direct the submission of affirmations or affidavits on the issue of whether, and in what amount, costs or sanctions in connection with this appeal should or should not be imposed on the plaintiff. Carbone v US Bank N.A., 2017 NY Slip Op 08653, Second Dept 12-13-17
APPEALS (SECOND DEPARTMENT ASKED FOR FURTHER SUBMISSIONS TO DETERMINED WHETHER PLAINTIFF BROUGHT A FRIVOLOUS APPEAL (SECOND DEPT))/FRIVOLOUS APPEAL (SECOND DEPARTMENT ASKED FOR FURTHER SUBMISSIONS TO DETERMINED WHETHER PLAINTIFF BROUGHT A FRIVOLOUS APPEAL (SECOND DEPT))