Kennedy v. Wells Fargo Bank N.A., et al

Filing 57

ORDER GRANTING DEFENDANT WELLS FARGO'S MOTION TO DISMISS; VACATING HEARING. Wells Fargo's motion to dismiss is granted, and Kennedy's TILA claim is dismissed. The hearing scheduled for January 27, 2012 is vacated. The hearing on the instant motion having been vacated, Wells Fargo's motion to appear telephonically at said hearing is denied as moot. Signed by Judge Maxine M. Chesney on January 23, 2012. (mmclc2, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 1/23/2012) (Additional attachment(s) added on 1/23/2012: # 1 Certificate of Service) (tlS, COURT STAFF).

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA For the Northern District of California United States District Court 10 11 WILLIAM KENNEDY, No. C 11-0675 MMC Plaintiff, 12 ORDER GRANTING DEFENDANT WELLS FARGO’S MOTION TO DISMISS; VACATING HEARING v. 13 WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A.; et al., 14 Defendants 15 / 16 Before the Court is the motion of defendant Wachovia Mortgage, “a division of Wells 17 Fargo Bank, N.A., f/k/a Wachovia Mortgage, FSB, f/k/a World Savings Bank, FSB” (“Wells 18 Fargo”) (see Mot. at 1:23-24), filed December 5, 2011, to dismiss plaintiff William 19 Kennedy’s (“Kennedy”) cause of action for damages under the Truth in Lending Act 20 (“TILA”). Kennedy has filed opposition thereto, to which Wells Fargo has replied. The 21 Court, having read and considered the papers filed in support of and in opposition to the 22 motion, deems the matter suitable for decision on the parties’ respective written 23 submissions, VACATES the hearing scheduled for January 27, 2012, and rules as follows. 24 By order filed October 25, 2011, the Court dismissed Kennedy’s Second Amended 25 Complaint in its entirety, with leave to amend his cause of action for damages under TILA 26 and his cause of action under California’s Rosenthal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. 27 (See Order Granting Defendant Wells Fargo’s Motion to Dismiss the Second Amended 28 Complaint, filed October 25, 2011.) On November 18, 2011, Kennedy filed his TAC, 1 alleging both causes of action. By the instant motion, Wells Fargo seeks dismissal only of 2 Kennedy’s Second Cause of Action, by which Kennedy alleges his claim for damages 3 under TILA. 4 In his Second Cause of Action, Kennedy alleges he wrote a letter to Wells Fargo 5 demanding rescission and that Wells Fargo, in violation of TILA, failed to timely respond to 6 his request. (See TAC ¶ 26.) As discussed in detail in the Court’s prior orders, Kennedy 7 had previously pleaded inconsistent facts as to the date of his alleged demand for 8 rescission. (See Order Granting Wells Fargo’s Motion to Dismiss the First Amended 9 Complaint, filed August 2, 2011, at 7:13-19, 8:18-9:12.) In the TAC, Kennedy reverts to the 10 date pleaded in his original complaint, alleging he “wrote” a letter in October 2010 11 demanding rescission. (Compare TAC ¶ 26 with Compl. ¶ 28.) As the Court noted in its 12 prior orders, the right of rescission under TILA expires three years after the date of the 13 consummation of the transaction. (See Order Granting Wells Fargo’s Motion to Dismiss 14 the Complaint, filed May 13, 2011, at 6:20-27 (citing 15 U.S.C. § 1635(f) (“An obligor’s right 15 of rescission shall expire three years after the date of the consummation of the transaction . 16 . . .”).) Here, that date, at the latest, was July 16, 2010. (See id.; see also Compl. ¶ 30 17 (alleging Mortgage issued July 16, 2007).) As before, “[e]ven if the Court . . . assumes 18 Kennedy’s October 4, 2010 letter demanding rescission is a sufficient act to perfect 19 Kennedy’s TILA claims . . . such demand was sent more than three years after the 20 Mortgage issued, and, consequently, Kennedy’s TILA claims are time-barred” to the extent 21 based thereon. (See id.) 22 In his opposition to the instant motion, Kennedy seeks leave to amend to allege two 23 additional letters. In support thereof, Kennedy has submitted a declaration attaching said 24 letters, dated, respectively, March 13, 2009 and March 30, 2009 (see Declaration of William 25 Kennedy, filed Dec. 19, 2011, Exs. A and B (“Kennedy Decl.”), and states the letters “were 26 . . . sent to defendant’s predecessor in interest (Wachovia Mortgage) in a timely fashion.” 27 (See Opp. at 2:4-6.) 28 Under TILA, the obligor exercises his right to rescind the transaction “by notifying the 2 1 creditor . . . of his intention to do so.” See 15 U.S.C. § 1635(a). As Wells Fargo correctly 2 points out, the two letters in question seek a loan modification; they do not give notice of a 3 demand for rescission. (See Kennedy Decl. Ex. A at 1 (“[U]nfortunately I have fallen 4 financially behind and would like you to consider working with me to modify my loan.”); id. 5 at 3 (“I am asking if you would consider reducing the loan amount from $1,900,000.00 to 6 $1,050,000.00 which is the real present day value and modify the loan payment to reflect a 7 30 year fixed to include principal and interest (P&I) at 2.5%, making the loan payment 8 $4,463 per month.”); id. Ex. B at 1 (“[U]nfortunately I have fallen financially behind and 9 would like you to consider working with me to modify my loan.”); id. at 7 (“[W]e have a 10 meritorious case for Rescission of Contract. . . . This is not our direction at this time. All we 11 want is for Wachovia to be fair with the reduction and modification that was detailed by your 12 loss/Mod/Department.”).) 13 In sum, neither earlier letter gives notice of rescission, and the October 2010 letter is 14 dated after the expiration of any right to rescind. Consequently, Kennedy again fails to 15 state a claim for damages under TILA, and, as further amendment would be futile, said 16 claim will be dismissed without further leave to amend. 17 18 19 Accordingly, for the reasons set forth above, Wells Fargo’s motion to dismiss is hereby GRANTED, and Kennedy’s TILA claim is hereby DISMISSED.1 IT IS SO ORDERED. 20 Dated: January 23, 2012 MAXINE M. CHESNEY United States District Judge 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 1 28 The hearing on the instant motion having been vacated, Wells Fargo’s motion to appear telephonically at said hearing is hereby DENIED as moot. 3

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