Joseph Hubbard v. Washington Mutual Bank, FA, et al
OPINION filed : AFFIRMED, decision not for publication. Alice M. Batchelder, Circuit Judge; Ronald Lee Gilman, Circuit Judge, (Authoring), and Julia Smith Gibbons, Circuit Judge.
NOT RECOMMENDED FOR PUBLICATION
File Name: 14a0807n.06
UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE SIXTH CIRCUIT
WASHINGTON MUTUAL BANK, FA et al.,
Oct 24, 2014
DEBORAH S. HUNT, Clerk
ON APPEAL FROM THE UNITED
STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
Before: BATCHELDER, GILMAN, and GIBBONS, Circuit Judges.
RONALD LEE GILMAN, Circuit Judge. In October 2006, Joseph Hubbard took out a
loan from Washington Mutual Bank to buy a house with his girlfriend. He stopped making
regular payments on the loan in March 2008, and the house was sold to Federal National
Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) at a nonjudicial foreclosure sale in September 2010.
Hubbard did not take any action in response to the sale until eight months later, when Fannie
Mae initiated eviction proceedings against him. With eviction proceedings underway, Hubbard
filed suit in the Washtenaw County Circuit Court against Washington Mutual and Fannie Mae,
claiming that procedural flaws invalidated the foreclosure against his home. The defendants then
removed the case to federal court.
After months of discovery, Washington Mutual and Fannie Mae moved for summary
judgment on all claims. The district court granted their motion. It determined that Hubbard had
failed to present evidence of any fraud or irregularity in the foreclosure process, thus making him
subject to Michigan’s standard six-month period to redeem his house. Because Hubbard failed
to make the required payments on the loan within that time, the court concluded that he no longer
had “any legally cognizable interest” in the property. The court further decided that all of his
claims were legally and factually meritless. Hubbard now appeals that decision.
After carefully considering the record on appeal, the briefs of the parties, and the
applicable law, we agree with the district court’s grant of summary judgment to Washington
Mutual and Fannie Mae. The issuance of a detailed written opinion by this court would be
unduly duplicative because the reasoning that supports judgment for the defendants has been
clearly articulated by the district court in a thorough and comprehensive opinion. Accordingly,
the judgment rendered by the Honorable Patrick James Duggan, Jr., United States District Judge
for the Eastern District of Michigan at Detroit, is AFFIRMED on the basis of the reasoning
detailed in his Opinion and Order dated February 6, 2014.
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