Editor: David Reiss
Brooklyn Law School

November 7, 2013

Washington Court Dismisses Plaintiff’s Truth in Lending Act (TILA) Complaint

By Ebube Okoli

The court in deciding Pruss v. Bank of Am. Na, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 157286 (W.D. Wash. Nov. 1, 2013) found that the plaintiff’s claims were barred by time and or otherwise inadequately pleaded. Therefore, the court granted the defendants’ motion to dismiss.

Pruss, the plaintiff, alleged he had been injured financially by unfair and deceptive lending practices, and brought a complaint with five causes of action. The 5 causes included: (1) predatory lending; (2) violations of the Truth in Lending Act (“TILA”) and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (“RESPA”); (3) slander of title; (4) breach of duty; and (5) Consumer Protection Act violations. Defendants subsequently filed a motion to dismiss pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(6), which the court granted.

In regards to the plaintiff’s predatory lending claim, the court noted that the plaintiff failed to present any case law or Washington state statute recognizing a claim for “predatory lending.” Further, because all of plaintiff’s other claims were time-barred or were deemed by the court as failing to state a claim, the court granted the defendants’ motion, thus dismissing the plaintiff’s claims.

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