Editor: David Reiss
Brooklyn Law School

December 13, 2013

Court Dismisses Plaintiffs’ RESPA Claims Because Defendant Was Not Under Legal Obligation to Respond to Plaintiffs

By Ebube Okoli

The court in deciding Neroni v. Bank of Am., N.A., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 149190 ( E.D. Mich. Oct. 17, 2013) granted defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiffs’ complaint pursuant to F.R.C.P. 12(b)(6).

Plaintiffs alleged several claims in their complaint against Defendant for infringement of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (“RESPA“) (Counts I–IV), common law fraud (Count V), common law silent fraud (Count VI), and common law breach of contract (Count VII).

Defendant asserted that plaintiffs’ RESPA claims should be dismissed because (1) defendant had no legal obligation under RESPA to respond or, alternatively, (2) plaintiffs failed to plead any actual damages related to their RESPA claims.

Defendant further asserts that plaintiffs have failed to adequately plead claims for fraud or breach of contract relating to defendant’s legal standing to foreclose on plaintiffs’ Home. After considering both sides’ arguments, the court agreed with the defendant’s reasoning and dismissed the case.

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