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Lender’s Choice In Naming Defendants Is Under Assault

Can a foreclosing plaintiff choose whom to name as a party defendant in a foreclosure action? In New York, in the absence of prejudice to the defaulting property owner, the answer is yes. Although a recent holding of New York’s Appellate Division, Second Department, tacitly suggests “no,” the case may not have addressed the actual controlling principles.

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Can a foreclosing plaintiff choose whom to name as a party defendant in a foreclosure action? In New York, in the absence of prejudice to the defaulting property owner, the answer is yes. Although a recent holding of New York’s Appellate Division, Second Department, tacitly suggests “no,” the case may not have addressed the actual controlling principles.

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