Editor: David Reiss
Brooklyn Law School

January 9, 2014

California Appeals Court Affirms Lower Court’s Decision to Sustain Defendant’s Demurrer

By Ebube Okoli

The court in deciding Nehme v. Bac Home Loans Servicing, 2013 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 7366 (Cal. App. 2d Dist. Oct. 15, 2013) affirmed the lower court decision.

Plaintiff (William Nehme) brought this action for fraud, rescission, and other claims after he lost his home through foreclosure. This case was an appeal of a lower court judgment entered in favor of defendants Bank of America, N.A. as successor by merger to BAC Home Loans Servicing, LP; Recon Trust Company, N.A.; Landsafe Title of California, Inc. erroneously named as Landsafe Title Corporation; Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc.; and MERSCORP, Inc., after the trial court sustained defendants’ demurrer without leave to amend. After considering the appeal, the court affirmed the lower court’s decision.

On appeal Nehme challenged only the trial court’s rulings on the first cause of action for fraud by bait and switch, second cause of action for rescission, and sixth cause of action for unfair business practices. Nehme argued that Countrywide committed fraud by substituting a deed of trust with a power of sale for the mortgage Nehme had requested, and that he signed the deed of trust by mistake.

After considering the plaintiff’s second round of arguments, the court concluded that, even after three attempts, Nehme failed to allege facts sufficient to state claims for fraud, rescission, and unfair competition, and therefore the court affirm the lower court’s judgment.

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