The Second Department, reversing Supreme Court, determined the bank’s motion in this foreclosure action did not fit the criteria for a motion to renew or an allowable successive summary judgment motion. The judgment of foreclosure should not have been granted;
“When no reasonable justification is given for failing to present new facts on the prior motion, the Supreme Court lacks discretion to grant renewal” … . Here, the plaintiff failed to provide any justification for its failure to present the new evidence supporting its renewal motion as part of its prior motion.
Even considered as a successive motion for summary judgment, such a motion “should not be entertained in the absence of good cause, such as a showing of newly discovered evidence” … . Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v Osias, 2022 NY Slip Op 03275, Second Dept 5-18-22
Practice Point: Attempting to bring a second motion which includes “new” facts, without a reasonable justification for leaving them out of the first motion, does not fit the criteria for a motion to renew or an allowable successive summary judgment motion.