N.Y. Lien Law Section 48
Proceedings on return of summons

  • answer
  • judgment by default

At the time and place specified in the summons for the return thereof, in a court not of record, issue must be joined, if both parties appear, by the defendant filing with the justice a verified answer, containing a general denial of each allegation of the complaint, or a specific denial of one or more of the material allegations thereof; or any other matter constituting a defense to the lien or to the claim upon which it is founded. If the defendant fail to appear on the return-day, on proof by affidavit of the service of the summons and complaint, judgment may be rendered for the amount claimed, with costs.

Source: Section 48 — Proceedings on return of summons; answer; judgment by default, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/LIE/48 (updated Sep. 22, 2014; accessed Nov. 25, 2023).

Nov. 25, 2023

Last modified:
Sep. 22, 2014

§ 48’s source at nysenate​.gov

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