Marine v Montefiore Health Sys., Inc.
2015 NY Slip Op 04725 [129 AD3d 428]
June 4, 2015
Appellate Division, First Department
Published by New York State Law Reporting Bureau pursuant to Judiciary Law § 431.
As corrected through Wednesday, August 5, 2015

 Narvisa Marine, Appellant,
Montefiore Health Systems, Inc., Doing Business as Marble Hill Family Practice, et al., Defendants, and Command Security Corporation, Respondent.

Shayne, Dachs, Sauer & Dachs, LLP, Mineola (Jonathan A. Dachs of counsel), for appellant.

Gallo Vitucci Klar, LLP, New York (Cheryl I. Chan of counsel), for respondent.

Order, Supreme Court, Bronx County (Betty Owen Stinson, J.), entered on or about September 8, 2014, which denied plaintiff's motion for a default judgment against defendant Command Security Corporation (Command), and granted Command's cross motion to compel plaintiff to accept its answer, unanimously affirmed, without costs.

The court properly denied plaintiff's motion for a default judgment and directed plaintiff to accept defendant Command's answer. Command offered a reasonable excuse for its delay in answering—confusion and inadvertence—which, although not particularly compelling, is sufficient under the circumstances of this case. Moreover, the delay was relatively short, plaintiff suffered no prejudice, there is no evidence of willfulness and there is a strong public policy in favor of resolving cases on the merits (see Chevalier v 368 E. 148th St. Assoc., LLC, 80 AD3d 411, 413 [1st Dept 2011]); Lamar v City of New York, 68 AD3d 449 [1st Dept 2009]).

[*2] Given that no default judgment had been entered, defendant was not required to demonstrate a meritorious defense (see Lamar, 68 AD3d at 449; Nason v Fisher, 309 AD2d 526 [1st Dept 2003]; CPLR 3012 [d]). Concur—Gonzalez, P.J., Mazzarelli, Acosta, Clark and Kapnick, JJ.