Filing 98

ORDER GRANTING the Bank's motion for expedited consideration (doc. 75) and GRANTING the Bank's motion to quash the preliminary injunction and to dismiss its counterclaims without prejudice (doc. 74). IT IS FURTHER ORDERED DENYING plaintiffs' motion to amend the complaint (doc. 92). Signed by Judge Frederick J Martone on 8/11/2011.(KMG)

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1 WO 2 3 4 5 6 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 7 FOR THE DISTRICT OF ARIZONA 8 9 Renee M. Zinni; Marco S. D’Alonzo, Plaintiffs, 10 11 vs. 12 M&I Marshall & Ilsley Bank, et al., 13 Defendants. 14 ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) No. CV-09-2035-PHX-FJM ORDER 15 16 17 We now have before us M&I Bank’s motion to quash preliminary injunction and to 18 dismiss its counterclaims (doc. 74), plaintiffs’ response (doc. 86), the Bank’s reply (doc. 91), 19 and motion for expedited consideration (doc. 75). Finally, we have before us plaintiffs’ 20 motion for leave to file a second amended complaint (doc. 92). 21 On May 11, 2011, we granted the Bank’s motion for summary judgment and denied 22 plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment, finding in favor of the Bank on all claims (doc. 23 72). The Bank now asks us to quash the preliminary injunction entered on February 12, 24 2010, so that it can complete a trustee’s sale pursuant to state law. The Bank also asks us to 25 dismiss its counterclaims, contending that it can better pursue these claims through the 26 trustee’s sale process. 27 On February 12, 2010, we granted the plaintiffs’ motion for preliminary injunction, 28 enjoining the Bank from completing a trustee’s sale of plaintiffs’ property “pending the 1 outcome of this action.” (doc. 39 at 4). All claims raised in the complaint have now been 2 fully resolved in the Bank’s favor. Therefore, the basis for the injunction is extinguished. 3 Accordingly, IT IS ORDERED GRANTING the Bank’s motion for expedited consideration 4 (doc. 75) and GRANTING the Bank’s motion to quash the preliminary injunction (doc. 74). 5 The Bank also seeks to dismiss its counterclaims against plaintiffs. In order that final 6 judgment can be entered in this case, IT IS ORDERED GRANTING the Bank’s motion to 7 dismiss its counterclaims without prejudice (doc. 74). 8 In each of plaintiffs’ briefs, filed either in response to the Bank’s motions or related 9 to their own motion to amend the complaint, plaintiffs reargue issues already presented and 10 resolved on summary judgment, or raise new issues that could have been raised before. 11 Plaintiffs’ filings do not respond to the relevant motions but instead are better described as 12 a motion for reconsideration of our May 11th order on summary judgment. 13 Under LRCiv 7.2(g)(2), a motion for reconsideration must be filed within 14 days of 14 the order from which reconsideration is sought. A party must establish either manifest error 15 or that new facts or authority presented for the first time on a motion for reconsideration 16 “could not have been brought to [the court’s] attention earlier with reasonable diligence.” 17 LRCiv 7.2(g)(1). No argument previously raised can be repeated. 18 To the extent that plaintiffs’ filings are considered a motion for reconsideration, the 19 motion is denied. The first of plaintiffs’ documents was not filed until July 7, 2011, almost 20 2 months after our May 11th order, well outside the 14-day deadline set by the Rules. 21 Therefore, the motion for reconsideration is out of time. Moreover, plaintiffs largely reargue 22 claims already presented, considered, and rejected by our order. We will not revisit those 23 arguments now. Therefore, to the extent any of plaintiffs’ filings is considered a motion for 24 reconsideration, it is denied. 25 In their motion for leave to file a second amended complaint, plaintiffs assert for the 26 first time their intention to assert a claim under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, 15 27 U.S.C. §§ 1692 et seq. (“FDCPA”) against a new defendant—the Bank’s law firm, Jackson 28 White, P.C. In ruling on a motion for leave to amend, we will consider (1) undue delay, (2) -2- 1 bad faith, (3) prejudice to the opponent, and (4) futility of amendment. Loehr v. Ventura 2 County Cmty. Coll. Dist., 743 F.2d 1310, 1319 (9th Cir. 1984). 3 We conclude that plaintiffs’ motion for leave to amend is the result of undue delay and 4 will significantly and unfairly prejudice the Bank. In evaluating undue delay, we consider 5 “whether the moving party knew or should have known the facts and theories raised by the 6 amendment.” Jackson v. Bank of Hawaii, 902 F.2d 1385, 1388 (9th Cir. 1990). Plaintiffs 7 claim that they only recently discovered that a document filed by Jackson White on 8 November 11, 2009, is incorrect (doc. 17), and therefore, in their view, a violation of the 9 FDCPA. Although the document in question was filed almost 2 years ago, plaintiffs claim 10 that they did not check the public record until recently. This does not excuse the delay. As 11 a public record the alleged filing discrepancy was discoverable 2 years ago with reasonable 12 inquiry. We also reject plaintiffs’ argument that a case decided by the United States Supreme 13 Court on April 21, 2010, is “new law,” which would justify its late reference. Obviously, a 14 case that was filed a year and a half ago is not new law. 15 Moreover, the prejudice to defendant M&I Bank is obvious. After almost two years 16 of litigating this case, the Bank had summary judgment granted in its favor. Allowing 17 plaintiffs to now amend the complaint in order to name a new defendant with entirely new 18 claims would cause substantial delay in the processing of this case and would unfairly 19 prejudice the Bank’s ability to enforce its rights. 20 Finally, much if not all of plaintiffs’ proposed amendment would be futile. The 21 proposed amended complaint in large part simply repeats claims raised in the original 22 amended complaint. Those claims have been considered and rejected by our order on 23 summary judgment. It would be futile to reassert them. We do not consider the futility of 24 the proposed new FDCPA claim against Jackson White given our conclusion that the 25 addition of this new party and new claim is the result of undue delay and would unfairly 26 prejudice the Bank. 27 28 -3- 1 Based on the foregoing, IT IS ORDERED GRANTING the Bank’s motion for 2 expedited consideration (doc. 75) and GRANTING the Bank’s motion to quash the 3 preliminary injunction and to dismiss its counterclaims without prejudice (doc. 74). 4 5 6 IT IS FURTHER ORDERED DENYING plaintiffs’ motion to amend the complaint (doc. 92). DATED this 11th day of August, 2011. 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 -4-

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