American Express Bank. FSB v Thompson

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American Express Bank. FSB v Thompson 2018 NY Slip Op 33162(U) December 3, 2018 Supreme Court, New York County Docket Number: 156006/2016 Judge: Kathryn E. Freed Cases posted with a "30000" identifier, i.e., 2013 NY Slip Op 30001(U), are republished from various New York State and local government sources, including the New York State Unified Court System's eCourts Service. This opinion is uncorrected and not selected for official publication. [* 1] INDEX NO. 156006/2016 NYSCEF DOC. NO. 36 RECEIVED NYSCEF: 12/10/2018 SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK NEW YORK COUNTY PRESENT: HON. KATHRYN E. FREED PART IAS MOTION 2 INDEX NO. 156006/2016 Justice ------------------------------------------------------------------------------X AMERICAN EXPRESS BANK. FSB, MOTION DATE 11/30/2018 Plaintiff, MOTION SEQ. NO. 002 -vLUSHAWNDA THOMPSON and HAPILOS ENTERTAINMENT GROUP, INC. DECISION AND ORDER Defendant. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------X The following e-filed documents, listed by NYSCEF document number (Motion 002) 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 were read on this motion to/for AMEND CAPTION/PLEADINGS Upon the foregoing documents, it is hereby ordered that the motion is decided as follows. Plaintiff American Express Bank, FSB commenced this action against defendants Lushawnda Thompson ("Thompson") and Hapilos Entertainment Group, Inc. ("HEG") on July 19, 20 I 6. In the complaint, plaintiff claims breach of contract and an account stated arising from defendants' alleged failure to pay credit card debt in the amount of $26,982.0 I. Plaintiff now moves for leave to amend the caption to reflect the fact that American Express Centurion Bank (Centurion) and American Express Bank, FSB (FSB) have been consolidated under a single national bank charter, that Centurion changed its status from a state bank to a federal bank named American Express 156006/2016 AMERICAN EXPRESS BANK, FSB. vs. THOMPSON, LUSHAWNDA Motion No. 002 1 of 5 Page 1of5 [* 2] INDEX NO. 156006/2016 NYSCEF DOC. NO. 36 RECEIVED NYSCEF: 12/10/2018 National Bank (AENB), and that FSB merged into the new entity. Plaintiff submits proof from a government website for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, which reflects that the new entity is known as AENB. Doc. No. 32, Exhibit D. It is well settled that "[ m]otions for leave to amend pleadings should be freely granted, absent prejudice or surprise resulting therefrom, unless the proposed amendment is palpably insufficient or patently devoid of merit." (Y.A. v Conair Corp., 154 AD3d 611, 612 [lst Dept 2017]; see CPLR 3025 [b]; Pichler v Jackson, 157 AD3d 450 [I st Dept 2018].) Under this standard, the motion must be granted. Plaintiff additionally moves for leave to extend its time t<? re-serve the defendants pursuant to CPLR 306-b. CPLR 306-b permits a court, "in the interest of justice, [to] extend the time for service" of the summons and complaint beyond the initial 120 days prescribed by the statute. A plaintiff moving for an extension of time must "establish good cause in support of its request" by demonstrating that it "act[ ed] with reasonable 156006/2016 AMERICAN EXPRESS BANK, FSB. vs. THOMPSON, LUSHAWNDA Motion No. 002 2 of 5 Page 2 of 5 [* 3] INDEX NO. 156006/2016 NYSCEF DOC. NO. 36 RECEIVED NYSCEF: 12/10/2018 diligence in trying to effect service." (Goldstein Group Holding, Inc. v 310 E. 4th St. Haus. Dev. Fund Corp., 154 AD3d 458, 459 [1st Dept 2017].) Given that plaintiff has demonstrated reasonably diligent efforts to effectuate service and only requests an additional 90 days to effect service, this Court finds plaintiff has met its burden and grants plaintiffs motion, pursuant to CPLR 306-b to extend its time for service. Therefore, in light of the foregoing, it is hereby ORDERED that the motion is granted, and plaintiff is permitted an additional 90 days from the date that this order is entered in which to re-serve defendants Lushawnda Thompson and Hapilos Entertainment Group, Inc. with the summons and complaint; and it is further ORDERED that the caption shall be amended to reflect that plaintiffs proper name is now American Express National Bank; and it is further ORDERED that the action shall hereinafter bear the following caption: 156006/2016 AMERICAN EXPRESS BANK, FSB. vs. THOMPSON, LUSHAWNDA Motion No. 002 3 of 5 Page 3 of 5 [* 4] INDEX NO. 156006/2016 NYSCEF DOC. NO. 36 RECEIVED NYSCEF: 12/10/2018 SUPREME COURT OF THE ST ATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF NEW YORK ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------)( AMERICAN £)(PRESS NATIONAL BANK, Plaintiff, - v- LUSHA WNDA THOMPSON AND HAPILOS ENTERTAINMENT GROUP, INC., Defendants. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------)( And it is further ORDERED that counsel for plaintiff is directed toe-file a completed "Notice to County Clerk" (Form EF-22), with a copy of this order attached thereto, within 20 days after this order is entered, and the Clerk is directed to mark this Court's records to reflect the new caption set forth above; and it is further 156006/2016 AMERICAN EXPRESS BANK, FSB. vs. THOMPSON, LUSHAWNDA Motion No. 002 4 of 5 Page 4 of 5 [* 5] INDEX NO. 156006/2016 NYSCEF DOC. NO. 36 RECEIVED NYSCEF: 12/10/2018 ORDERED that this constitutes the decision and order of this Court. 12/3/2018 DATE CHECK ONE: CASE DISPOSED GRANTED D NON-FINA DISPOSITION DENIED GRANTED IN PART APPLICATION: SETTLE ORDER SUBMIT ORDER CHECK IF APPROPRIATE: INCLUDES TRANSFER/REASSIGN FIDUCIARY APPOINTMENT 156006/2016 AMERICAN EXPRESS BANK, FSB. vs. THOMPSON, LUSHAWNDA Motion No. 002 5 of 5 D D OTHER REFERENCE Page 5 of 5