This decision reverses an order granting defendants equitable relief from a default and default judgment. A court’s ability to grant relief under its inherent equitable power is narrower than its ability to grant relief under CCP 473(b) Equitable relief from a default judgment may be granted only in exceptional circumstances, and the party moving for such relief must make a substantially stronger showing of the excusable nature of his or her neglect than is necessary under CCP 473(b). Here, defendants had no proper excuse. They simply stopped attending to the suit after their counsel withdrew, mistakenly thinking that plaintiff sought relief against a defunct corporation and not the individual defendant. They further lost track of the case because they moved without informing the court and could not be reached by telephone or email. And then they waited without excuse for 9 months after learning of the default judgment before moving to set it aside.