Editor: David Reiss
Brooklyn Law School

March 6, 2014

California Court Denies Dismissal of Wrongful Foreclosure Claim

By Ebube Okoli

The California court in Engler v. ReconTrust Co., 2013 U.S. Dist. 179950 (C.D. Cal. 2013) dismissed all but one of the plaintiff’s complaint.

Plaintiff originally filed suit against defendants BAC and MERS on June 6, 2012. On March 1, 2013, the lower court dismissed plaintiff’s complaint with leave to amend.

The plaintiff’s current complaint alleged thirteen causes of action: (1) Declaratory Relief; (2) Violation of RICO; (3) “Common Law Conspiracy;” (4) “Filing of Invalid Lien;” (5) “Fraudulent Conveyance Deceptive Practices Code of Federal Regulations 17 CFR Parts 204-249;” (6) Fraudulent Concealment; (7) Fraudulent Inducement; (8) Wrongful Foreclosure; (9) Violation of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act; (10) Violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act; (11) Violation of the Federal Fair Debt Collection Practices; (12) Violation of the Truth in Lending Act; and (13) Constructive Fraud.

After considering the plaintiff’s contentions the court found that the plaintiff’s first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, ninth, tenth, eleventh, twelfth, and thirteenth causes of action were rightfully dismissed with prejudice. However, defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s eighth cause of action was denied. Accordingly, the only cause of action remaining in Plaintiff’s claim was the Eighth Cause of Action.

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