Rosenzweig v Givens
2009 NY Slip Op 06468 [13 NY3d 774]
September 17, 2009
Court of Appeals
Published by New York State Law Reporting Bureau pursuant to Judiciary Law § 431.
As corrected through Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Joseph I. Rosenzweig, Appellant,
Radiah K. Givens, Respondent.

Decided September 17, 2009

Rosenzweig v Givens, 62 AD3d 1, affirmed.


Marc E. Elliott, P.C., New York City (Marc E. Elliott of counsel), for appellant.

Law Offices of Barbara H. Katsos, P.C., New York City (Barbara H. Katsos of counsel), for respondent.

{**13 NY3d at 775} OPINION OF THE COURT


The order of the Appellate Division should be affirmed, with costs, and the certified question answered in the affirmative.

In connection with the mortgage foreclosure action, defendant has alleged sufficient facts to warrant denial of plaintiff's prediscovery motion for summary judgment, [*2]having asserted that plaintiff, an attorney who was then her paramour, secured the mortgage through fraud and overreaching and by exploiting a fiduciary relationship with her (see generally Matter of Greiff, 92 NY2d 341, 345 [1998]). She contends that, under the guise of buying her a condominium, he induced her to enter into a mortgage arrangement whereby he was the lender and she the borrower. Furthermore,{**13 NY3d at 776} plaintiff hired a friend to represent them both at the closing. Defendant claims that plaintiff paid all expenses related to the condominium and did not seek mortgage payments or any other contribution from defendant until three years later—after their marriage and defendant's subsequent discovery that plaintiff already had a wife and two children, rendering their marriage bigamous. Plaintiff then demanded payment, accelerated the loan and pursued foreclosure against defendant. We also conclude that defendant has stated a prima facie case of fraudulent inducement to marriage (see Blossom v Barrett, 37 NY 434 [1868]; see also Tuck v Tuck, 14 NY2d 341, 344 [1964]).

Chief Judge Lippman and Judges Ciparick, Graffeo, Read, Smith, Pigott and Jones concur in memorandum.

On review of submissions pursuant to section 500.11 of the Rules of the Court of Appeals (22 NYCRR 500.11), order affirmed, etc.