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No Complaint, No Problem! Navigating CPLR 3213

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A CPLR 3213 motion is a procedural mechanism in New York that allows a party to make a motion for summary judgment before even filing a complaint in actions based upon “an instrument for the payment of money only or a judgment.” A motion for summary judgment in lieu of a complaint, as the CPLR 3213 motion is often referred, provides a quick avenue for relief, melding pleadings and motion practice into one step for claims that are so presumptively meritorious that a formal complaint is superfluous. Practitioners must be mindful, however, of the motion’s strict procedural requirements. 

This program will provide an overview of the procedural requirements for a 3213 motion, as well as “best practices” for effectively utilizing the motion in order to secure an expedited remedy for a commercial transaction gone awry.

Available in States

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Georgia
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Texas Self Study

Program Categories

  • Administrative Law & Regulations
  • Banking & Finance Law
  • Bankruptcy Law & Creditor Rights
  • Business Organizations & Contracts
  • Complex Resolution Strategy
  • Corporate and Commercial Law
  • Federal Courts
  • Financial Regulatory
  • Law Practice Management


  • Areas of Professional Practice : 1 Credit