Lorant v. Whitney National Bank, ___ So. 3d ___, 40 Fla. L. Weekly D494 (Fla. 1st DCA February 24, 2015)
The bank obtained a deficiency judgment against one of the defendants in a mortgage foreclosure. When the bank was unable to domesticate the judgment in Alabama because it did not specify whether the defendant “was the sole remaining defendant and that all claims, rights, or liabilities of the other parties had been adjudicated,” the trial court in Florida granted the bank’s motion, under Fla. R. Civ. P. 1.540(a), to correct the judgment to provide the missing information. The appellate court reversed because Rule 1.540(a) may be used to correct only clerical errors, and it was improperly used by the trial court in this case to make a substantive change.
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