NOT FOR PUBLICATION WITHOUT THE APPROVAL OF THE APPELLATE DIVISION
Submitted September 16, 2013
On appeal from the Superior Court of New Jersey, Chancery Division, Hudson County, Docket No. F-37052-10.
John P. Fazzio, III, attorney for appellant.
Udren Law Offices, P.C., attorneys for respondent (Salvatore Carollo, on the brief).
Before Judges Parrillo, Harris, and Guadagno.
In this foreclosure case, defendant Lesli Provost appeals from the June 21, 2012 Chancery Division order denying her motion to vacate a default judgment, reinstate her answer and counterclaims, and set a discovery schedule and trial date. We affirm.
We glean the following facts from the record on appeal. On August 14, 2006, defendant executed a note in favor of Chevy Chase Bank, F.S.B. (Chevy Chase) for the sum of $535, 000. To secure payment of the note, defendant executed a mortgage to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. (MERS), as nominee for Chevy Chase on property located on First Street, in Hoboken, New Jersey.
Beginning in November 2009, defendant failed to make the monthly payments on the mortgage. On December 3, 2009, plaintiff sent defendant notice of intention to foreclose. On July 19, 2010, the mortgage was assigned by MERS, as nominee for Chevy Chase, to plaintiff Capital One, N.A.
Plaintiff filed a complaint seeking foreclosure on August 2, 2010. Defendant filed an answer and counterclaims. Plaintiff filed a response to defendant's counterclaims but no discovery was requested by either party. Plaintiff moved for summary judgment on March 18, 2011. No opposition was filed and the Chancery court entered an order on April 29, 2011, granting summary judgment and striking defendant's answer and counterclaims. Final judgment was entered on October 24, 2011.
The first sheriff's sale was scheduled for March 29, 2012, but on March 28, 2012, defendant made her first request for a statutory adjournment. The sheriff's sale was re-scheduled for April 12, 2012, and again, the day before the scheduled sale, defendant exercised her statutory adjournment. The sale was rescheduled to April 26, 2012.
On April 24, 2012, defendant filed a motion to vacate the final judgment and reinstate her answer and counterclaims. Judge Hector R. Velazquez conducted an emergency hearing and stayed the sale for sixty days to permit defendant to file a motion to vacate. On June 21, 2012, Judge Velazquez filed a written decision denying defendant's motion.
On appeal, defendant argues Capital One is not the holder of the note and lacks standing to foreclose. Defendant also challenges the certifications presented by plaintiff in support of final judgment, and ...