Editor: David Reiss
Brooklyn Law School

January 9, 2014

Ohio Appeals Court Affirms Lower Court Decision Granting Summary Judgement in Favor of Bank of America

By Ebube Okoli

The court in deciding Bank of Am., N.A. v. Hizer, 2013-Ohio-4621 (Ohio Ct. App., Lucas County 2013) ultimately granted the defendant’s motion for summary judgment.

This case was an appeal from a judgment of the Lucas County Court of Common Pleas that granted summary judgment in favor of appellee Bank of America, N.A. in a foreclosure action filed by the bank after appellants Jennifer and Brian Hizer defaulted in payment on a note and mortgage held by the bank. After considering the appellants appeal, the court affirmed the judgment of the trial court.

This case involved a mortgage foreclosure action, the court affirmed a lower court decision that there was no abuse in discretion by denying appellants’ motion to strike the affidavit of appellee bank’s vice president, whose identity the bank failed to disclose in discovery and whom appellants were thus unable to depose, because they did not complain of the discovery violation until the bank moved for summary judgment, and did not show that they were prejudiced by their inability to depose the vice president.

The court noted that since appellants did not deny executing the note and mortgage or dispute the authenticity of the documents the bank offered, and produced no evidence to dispute the assignment of these documents to the bank. The evidence established that the bank was the holder of the note and mortgage. Thus, the court affirmed the lower court’s ruling in that there was no error in permitting the bank summary judgment.

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