Editor: David Reiss
Brooklyn Law School

November 7, 2013

Central District of California Court Finds Plaintiff Lacks Standing as There Was No “Injury in Fact”

By Ebube Okoli

The United States District Court for the Central District of California in deciding Ellis v. Bank of Am., N.A., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 157173 (C.D. Cal. Oct. 28, 2013) concluded that plaintiff did not have standing to challenge defendants’ initiating foreclosure proceedings.

Plaintiff brought a complaint with a litany of claims. The claims included (1) dissemination of false advertising pursuant to 15 U.S.C. § 52; (2) violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA“), 15 U.S.C. § 1692 et seq.; (3) violation of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (“RESPA“), [2] 12 U.S.C. § 2601 et seq.; (4) violation of California Civil Code §§ 2923.5 et seq., 2924 et seq., 2932.5, and 1095; (5) violation of California’s Unfair Competition Law (“UCL”), Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 17200 et seq.; (6) false advertising pursuant to Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 17500; and (7) Quiet Title.

On September 12, 2013, MERS filed a motion to dismiss. The court, as an initial matter, noted that plaintiff failed to explain how she had been injured by defendants’ conduct. The court also noted that the previous foreclosures were rescinded, and plaintiff did not allege a pending foreclosure proceeding. Thus, to have standing to bring her claims, the court noted, “the plaintiff must have suffered an ‘injury in fact.'” Accordingly, the court dismissed the plaintiff’s claims granting the defendant’s motion.

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