SUPREME COURT OF NEW YORK, APPELLATE DIVISION, SECOND
2008 NY Slip Op 5486; 52 A.D.3d 578; 860 N.Y.S.2d 174; 2008
N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 5409
June 10, 2008, Decided
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THE FINAL PUBLISHED VERSION. THIS OPINION IS UNCORRECTED AND SUBJECT TO
REVISION BEFORE PUBLICATION IN THE OFFICIAL REPORTS.
COUNSEL: Rafael Declet, New York, N.Y. (Gilbert Azafrani, pro hac vice, of
counsel), for appellants.
Kirschenbaum & Kirschenbaum, P.C., Garden City, N.Y. (Kenneth Kirschenbaum
Paul J. Tramontano of counsel), for respondent.
JUDGES: ROBERT A. SPOLZINO, J.P., JOSEPH COVELLO, THOMAS A. DICKERSON,
T. ENG, JJ. SPOLZINO, J.P., COVELLO, DICKERSON and ENG, JJ., concur.
DECISION & ORDER
In an action to recover on three promissory notes, the defendants appeal from
a judgment of the Supreme Court, Nassau County (Bucaria, J.), entered
9, 2006, which, upon a decision of the same court dated October 2, 2006, made
after a nonjury trial, is in favor of the plaintiff and against them in the
principal sum of $ 426,865.14.
ORDERED that the judgment is affirmed, with costs.
The Supreme Court properly awarded judgment to the plaintiff. The plaintiff
established a prima facie case by submitting proof of the existence of the
promissory notes and the defendants' default on each note (see Lorenz
Diversified Corp. v Falk, 44 AD3d 910, 844 N.Y.S.2d 370; Marinis v Scherr,
AD2d 448, 761 N.Y.S.2d 305). The defendants failed to controvert the evidence
presented by the plaintiff (see Lorenz Diversified Corp. v Falk, 44 AD3d 910,
844 N.Y.S.2d 370). Furthermore, the defendants failed to establish the
affirmative defenses of lack of consideration (see Anand v Wilson, 32 AD3d
809, 821 N.Y.S.2d 130; see generally Mencher v Weiss, 306 NY 1, 8, 114 N.E.2d
177) or usury (cf. Hicki v Choice Cap. Corp., 264 AD2d 710, 711, 694 N.Y.S.2d
750). The defendants also failed to establish that the plaintiff converted
loans to a capital contribution (cf. Security Mut. Life Ins. Co. v Member
Servs., Inc., 46 AD3d 1077, 1078, 848 N.Y.S.2d 389; J.L.B. Equities v Mind
Money, Ltd., 261 AD2d 510, 691 N.Y.S.2d 65).
The defendants' remaining contentions are either improperly raised for the
first time on appeal or without merit.
SPOLZINO, J.P., COVELLO, DICKERSON and ENG, JJ., concur.