Martin Kimani et al v. Select Portfolio Servicing, Inc., et al
ORDER AND JUDGMENT by Judge Terry J. Hatter, Jr. It is Ordered that Plaintiffs wrongful foreclosure claim be, and hereby is, Dismissed without prejudice.It is further Ordered, Adjudged and Decreed that Judgment be, and herebyis, Entered in favor of Defendants and against Plaintiffs as to the remaining claims. (MD JS-6, Case Terminated). (shb)
United States District Court
Central District of California
MARTIN KIMANI, et al.,
SELECT PORTFOLIO SERVICING,
INC., et al.,
CV 16-02252 TJH (KKx)
The Court has considered Defendants’ motion for judgment on the pleadings,
together with the moving and opposing papers.
Plaintiffs’ first claim for wrongful foreclosure is not ripe as Plaintiffs failed to
allege that Defendants have completed the foreclosure process.
Morgan Chase Bank NA, 245 Cal. App. 4th 808, 814 (2016). Indeed, the parties agree
that Plaintiffs’ property has not yet been foreclosed. Accordingly, because the Court
lacks subject matter jurisdiction, this claim must be dismissed without prejudice.
However, the Court has jurisdiction to consider the remaining claims because they
relate to pre-foreclosure activities.
See Saterbak v. JP
In 2007, Plaintiffs obtained a mortgage secured by a deed of trust. In 2010, the
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deed of trust was assigned, and the assignment was recorded. In this action, filed in
2016, Plaintiffs challenge the legal sufficiency of the assignment. However, in 2013,
Plaintiffs filed for bankruptcy protection, but failed to identify the claims asserted in this
action, despite having an obligation to disclose all contingent and unliquidated claims.
See Hamilton v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co., 270 F.3d 778, 775 (9th Cir. 2001).
Plaintiffs argue that they did not know about their right to assert the pre-
foreclosure claims until the California Supreme Court issued its opinion in Yvanova v.
New Century Mortgage Corp., 62 Cal 4th 919 (2016). However, Plaintiffs should have
known of their potential claims as early as 2010, when the assignment was recorded.
Prior to Yvanova, the law was unsettled, but that did not prevent Plaintiffs from
asserting their claims earlier, or identifying them as potential claims when they sought
Accordingly, Plaintiffs are judicially estopped from asserting their pre-foreclosure
claims. See Hamilton.
It is Ordered that Plaintiffs’ wrongful foreclosure claim be, and hereby is,
Dismissed without prejudice.
It is further Ordered, Adjudged and Decreed that Judgment be, and hereby
is, Entered in favor of Defendants and against Plaintiffs as to the remaining claims.
Date: April 14, 2017
Terry J. Hatter, Jr.
Senior United States District Judge
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