Mitchell et al v. One West Bank, FSB et al

Filing 58

ORDER GRANTING 44 Motion to Expunge Lis Pendens AND DENYING 54 Amended Motion for Sanctions. Signed by Judge Jeffrey S. White on February 12, 2013. (jswlc3, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 2/12/2013)

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1 2 3 4 5 NOT FOR PUBLICATION 6 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 7 FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 8 9 BERNARD MITCHELL, et al., 10 No. C 10-04207 JSW Plaintiffs, v. (Docket Nos. 44, 54) For the Northern District of California United States District Court ORDER ON MOTIONS 11 12 ONEWEST BANK, FSB, et al., 13 Defendants. / 14 15 This matter comes before the Court upon consideration of the motion to expunge lis 16 pendens filed by Defendants, OneWest Bank, FSB (“OneWest”) and Deutsche Bank National 17 Trust Company (“Deutsche Bank”) (collectively, “Defendants”) and the motion for sanctions 18 filed by Plaintiffs, Bernard Mitchell (“Mr. Mitchell”) and S. Mitchell, Trustee of the BSM 19 Living Trust (“S. Mitchell”) (collectively, “Plaintiffs”). (Docket Nos. 44, 54.) The Court has 20 considered the parties’ papers, relevant legal authority, the record in this case and, to the extent 21 necessary and appropriate, the record in the related case Mitchell v. Regional Trustee Services, 22 Co., 12-CV-05547-JSW (“Mitchell IV”), and it finds the motions suitable for disposition 23 without oral argument. See N.D. Civ. L.R. 7-1(b). The Court VACATES the hearing scheduled 24 for March 8, 2013, and it HEREBY GRANTS the motion to expunge and DENIES the motion 25 for sanctions. 26 Plaintiffs filed this action on September 17, 2010, challenging the foreclosure of 27 property located at 2132 Longview Drive, San Leandro, California. On that same date, in 28 connection with the complaint, Plaintiffs recorded a lis pendens, which specifically references 1 the above captioned action. (See Docket No. 44-1, Request for Judicial Notice, Ex. A.) On 2 February 22, 2011, the Court dismissed, with prejudice, Mitchell’s sole federal claim, declined 3 to exercise supplemental jurisdiction over his state law claims, and entered judgment. (Docket 4 No. 20.) On May 25, 2011, the Court denied Mitchell’s motion to amend that judgment. 5 (Docket No. 35.) On December 11, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth 6 Circuit affirmed these rulings. (Docket No. 56.) 7 Defendants move to expunge the lis pendens recorded on September 17, 2010. Pursuant 8 to California Code of Civil Procedure section 405.31, the Court “shall order the notice 9 expunged if the court finds that the pleading on which the notice is based does not contain a real property claim.” Plaintiffs oppose the motion on the basis that it is moot. Plaintiffs state that 11 For the Northern District of California United States District Court 10 they withdrew the lis pendens recorded on September 17, 2010, and recorded a new lis pendens 12 in connection with the related case, Mitchell IV, which was removed from the Superior Court of 13 the State of California, County of Alameda. (See Docket No. 47.) 14 The Court dismissed this case and, thus, there is no “real property claim” pertaining to 15 the case captioned Bernard Mitchell, et al. v. OneWest Bank FSB, et al., 10-CV-4207. 16 Although Plaintiffs purported to withdraw the notice of lis pendens recorded in this case, they 17 did so in a separate document. Rather, they purport to withdraw the lis pendens in the body of 18 the new lis pendens recorded in connection with Mitchell IV.. 19 The Court finds that Defendants have met their burden to show the Court should grant 20 their motion. Accordingly, the Court HEREBY EXPUNGES the Notice of Pendency of Action 21 recorded with the Alameda County Recorder’s Office on September 17, 2010 as Document No. 22 2010270569, concerning the real property located at 2132 Longview Drive, San Leandro, 23 California 94577, APN 079-0026-054. 24 In light of this ruling, the Court DENIES Plaintiffs’ motions for sanctions. 25 IT IS SO ORDERED. 26 Dated: February 12, 2013 JEFFREY S. WHITE UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 27 28 2

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