Editor: David Reiss
Brooklyn Law School

January 25, 2013

Southern District of Ohio Unable to Determine Lenders’ Standing, Orders Lenders to Submit More Evidence or Have Case Dismissed

By Michael Liptrot

In In re Foreclosure Cases, 521 F. Supp. 2d 650 (S.D. Ohio 2007), the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio reviewed 27 private foreclosure actions based on federal diversity jurisdiction. In this case, the court was concerned with the issues of standing and subject matter jurisdiction, and was dissatisfied with the evidence submitted by the lenders. The court concluded by ordering the lenders to “submit evidence [within 30 days] showing that they had standing in the above-captioned cases when the complaint was filed and that this Court had diversity jurisdiction when the complaint was filed. Failure to do so will result in dismissal without prejudice to refiling if and when the plaintiff acquires standing and the diversity jurisdiction requirements are met.”

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