Editor: David Reiss
Brooklyn Law School

November 19, 2013

Northern District of California Court Dismisses Plaintiff’s Claims for Lack of Subject Matter Jurisdiction

By Ebube Okoli

The court in deciding Murphy v. Bank of N.Y. Mellon, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 155923, 2013 WL 5883675 (N.D. Cal. Oct. 29, 2013) dismissed the plaintiff’s action without prejudice.

The plaintiff in this case brought this action against defendants [Bank of New York Mellon and MERS] for (1) violations of 18 U.S.C. § 1001; (2) violations of 18 U.S.C. § 1341; (3) violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”); (4) violations of California’s Business and Professions Code Section 17200; (5) slander of title; (6) cancellation of void instruments; (7) quiet title; and (8) wrongful foreclosure. Compl., ECF No. 1.

The plaintiff’s complaint revolved around the main theory that the defendants lacked the authority to execute any foreclosure proceedings. After considering the plaintiff’s arguments, the court first concluded that the plaintiff’s action must be dismissed for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. Second, the court found that the federal claims in the operative complaint failed as a matter of law.

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