January 31, 2014
Tennessee Court Finds Allegation of Fraud Was Pled With Sufficient Particularity Pursuant to Tenn. R. Civ. P. 12.03
The court in deciding Zhong v. Quality Loan Serv. Corp., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 145916 (W.D. Wash. 2013) reversed the lower court’s ruling dismissing the mortgagor’s intentional misrepresentation claim on the pleadings pursuant to Tenn. R. Civ. P. 12.03.
Plaintiff defaulted on her mortgage and defendants advised plaintiff of their plan to foreclose. Plaintiff subsequently sought an injunction and a declaratory judgment. The trial court entered a temporary restraining order preventing foreclosure, which it dissolved after granting defendants’ motion for judgment on the pleadings. Plaintiff appeals the trial court’s grant of defendants’ motion for judgment on the pleadings.
This court ruled that the lower court erred in dismissing the mortgagor’s intentional misrepresentation claim on the pleadings pursuant to Tenn. R. Civ. P. 12.03 because her allegation of fraud stemming from an intentional misrepresentation were pleaded with sufficient particularity.
Moreover, because the amended complaint alleged particular intentional misrepresentations of a material fact, that signatories possessed authority to execute the deed of trust, as well as the mortgagor’s detrimental reliance upon such, the claim satisfied the heightened requirements of Tenn. R. Civ. P. 9.02. Further, this court found that the mortgagor’s claim was not correctly dismissed based upon the statute of limitations, Tenn. Code Ann. § 28-3-105, because it was at least plausible that the mortgagor was unable to discover the alleged intentional misrepresentation until the mortgagees commenced foreclosure against her.| Permalink