The First Department, reversing Supreme Court, held that Supreme Court should not have, sua sponte, dismissed plaintiff’s complaint and vacated the default judgment as untimely, Plaintiff had timely moved for a default judgment. Although sua sponte orders are not appealable as of right, the First Department deemed the notice of appeal as a motion for leave to appeal:
An order issued sua sponte is not appealable as of right (see Sholes v Meagher, 100 NY2d 333, 335 ). However, given the nature of the motion court’s sua sponte relief in dismissing the complaint pursuant to CPLR 3215(c), we deem the notice of appeal to be a motion for leave to appeal, and grant such leave (…CPLR 5701[c]).
The record is clear that plaintiff had moved for a default judgment within one year, and thus, the motion court’s sua sponte vacature of the judgment and dismissal of the complaint as untimely was in error … . In view of this decision, the merits of defendant’s motion to vacate the default judgment are no longer moot and it is remanded back to the trial court for consideration on the merits. New Globaltex Co., Ltd. v Zhe Lin, 2019 NY Slip Op 04456, First Dept 6-6-19