Borenstein v. Rochel Properties Inc.

Decision Date19 September 1991
Citation574 N.Y.S.2d 192,176 A.D.2d 171
PartiesAbraham BORENSTEIN, et al., Plaintiffs-Respondents, v. ROCHEL PROPERTIES, INC., et al., Defendants-Appellants and Moshe Katlowitz, et al., Defendants.
CourtNew York Supreme Court — Appellate Division



Order, Supreme Court, New York County (Shirley Fingerhood, J.), entered on or about April 16, 1991, which, inter alia, granted the plaintiffs' motion for a preliminary injunction enjoining the defendants from enforcing or executing upon a certain confession of judgment filed against the plaintiffs, and required the plaintiffs to post a $10,000 undertaking in favor of defendant Rochel Properties, Inc., unanimously affirmed, with costs.

Plaintiffs allege, inter alia, fraud in the inducement and lack of consideration, and seek damages and a permanent injunction against enforcement of a confession of judgment executed by them and others, in favor of Rochel Properties, Inc., in connection with the refinancing of a real estate syndication venture in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Rochel Properties, Inc. took back a second mortgage on the property being developed. The confession of judgment was executed in order to further secure Rochel Properties due to a shortfall between the estimated foreclosure value of the property and the amount loaned by the first and second mortgagees.

"The decision to grant or deny [a preliminary injunction] lies within the sound discretion of the trial court. In the absence of unusual or compelling circumstances, this court is reluctant to disturb said determination, unless of course, it can be demonstrated that the court abused its discretion." (After Six Inc. v. 201 East 66th Street Associates, 87 A.D.2d 153, 155, 450 N.Y.S.2d 793, appeal dsmd., 57 N.Y.2d 835, 455 N.Y.S.2d 763, 442 N.E.2d 60). In this case, as in every case where a preliminary injunction is sought, the movants must demonstrate a likelihood of success on the merits, irreparable injury in the absence of the injunctive relief, and that the equities of the situation are in their favor. (CPLR 6301; Kaufman v. International Business Machines Corp., 97 A.D.2d 925, 470 N.Y.S.2d 720, affd. 61 N.Y.2d 930, 474 N.Y.S.2d 721, 463 N.E.2d 37.)

The record presented on this review demonstrates that the grant of the preliminary injunction did not constitute an abuse of discretion. While the parties dispute the factual assertions upon...

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