Editor: David Reiss
Brooklyn Law School

March 6, 2014

Washington Court Upholds Dismissal of RESPA Claims

By Ebube Okoli

The court in deciding Bhatti v. Guild Mortg. Co., 2013 U.S. App. 25659 (9th Cir. Wash. 2013) ultimately upheld the lower court’s decision by dismissing the plaintiff’s RESPA claims.

Plaintiffs Nusrat Bhatti and Erfan Semuel filed a complaint in Washington state court against Guild Mortgage Co. and MERS for quiet title, declaratory judgment, and violations of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, 12 U.S.C. § 2601.

Defendants filed a Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss. The lower court granted defendants’ motion to dismiss. Plaintiffs appealed, after considering the plaintiff’s appeal, this court affirmed the lower court.

This court held that the lower court did not abuse its discretion in ruling on defendants’ 12(b)(6) motion. This court also found that defendants did not violate the DTA’s requirement that a deed of trust’s beneficiary hold the note when it appoints a successor trustee

Accordingly, the lower court’s judgment was affirmed.


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