A state appeals court on Tuesday upheld a $1 million default judgment against a lawyer who failed to lodge a timely challenge to a bank’s collection suit.

There was no excusable neglect in Douglas Hanna’s not filing an answer, nor was there merit in his belated attempts to challenge the bank’s standing to sue, the Appellate Division said in TD Bank, N.A. v. 1928 Highway 35, L.L.C., A-2834-10.

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