Wheeler v. Specialized Loan Services et al

Filing 3

ORDER (1) Vacating Hearing and Taking Motion for More Definite Statement Under Submission and (2) Granting 2 Motion for More Definite Statement. The Court Grants Defendant's request and Orders Plaintiff to, within thirty days of the date on which Plaintiff receives this Order, to file an Amended Complaint. Signed by Judge Janis L. Sammartino on 8/21/2017. (All non-registered users served via U.S. Mail Service)(mpl)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 12 SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 13 14 RICHARD B. WHEELER, Case No.: 17cv1267-JLS (JMA) Plaintiff, 15 16 17 ORDER (1) VACATING HEARING AND TAKING MOTION FOR MORE DEFINITE STATEMENT UNDER SUBMISSION AND (2) GRANTING MOTION v. SPECIALIZED LOAN SERVICES; MORTGAGE LAW FIRM PLC, 18 19 Defendants. (ECF No. 2) 20 21 Presently before the Court is Defendant’s Motion for a More Definite Statement (the 22 “Motion”). (ECF No. 2.) Plaintiff has not opposed the Motion. Accordingly, the Court 23 VACATES the hearing on the matter, currently set for August 24, 2017, and takes the 24 matter under submission without oral argument pursuant to Civil Local Rule 7.1(d)(1). 25 Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(e) provides that: “A party may move for a more 26 definite statement of a pleading to which a responsive pleading is allowed but which is so 27 vague or ambiguous that the party cannot reasonably prepare a response. The motion must 28 be made before filing a responsive pleading and must point out the defects complained of 1 17cv1267-JLS (JMA) 1 and the details desired.” “A Rule 12(e) motion is proper only if the complaint is so 2 indefinite that the defendant cannot ascertain the nature of the claim being asserted, i.e., so 3 vague that the defendant cannot begin to frame a response.” Jensen v. Quality Loan Serv. 4 Corp., 702 F. Supp. 2d 1183, 1188 (E.D. Cal. 2010) (citing Famolare, Inc. v. Edison Bros. 5 Stores, Inc., 525 F. Supp. 940, 949 (E.D. Cal. 1981)). 6 The instant case was removed from state Small Claims Court, in which Plaintiff 7 alleged only “[v]iolation of CA C.C.P. 2924.11 and 12 C.F.R. 1024.41, mortgage servicers 8 are restricted from advancing foreclosure process if homeowner is securing a 9 foreclosure[,]” and noted that he had “requeste[d] postponement of 5/17/17 foreclosure 10 auction date in lieu of monetary damages for violation of CA CCP 2924 11 . . . .” (Notice 11 of Removal Ex. 1, ECF No. 1-2.) This is insufficient to put Defendant on notice of 12 Plaintiff’s specific claims against it. Cf. Famolare, Inc. v. Edison Bros. Stores, 525 F. Supp. 13 940, 949 (E.D. Cal. 1981) (noting that “[a] motion for a more definite statement should not 14 be granted unless the defendant cannot frame a responsive pleading” and contrasting that 15 circumstance with when “the information sought by the moving party is available and/or 16 properly sought through discovery”); (see also Mot. for More Definite Statement 3 17 (“Defendant does not know the actual claims at issue, when the actions occurred that gave 18 rise to these claims, and cannot reasonably prepare a response.”).) Accordingly, the Court 19 GRANTS Defendant’s request and ORDERS Plaintiff to, within thirty days of the date on 20 which Plaintiff receives this Order, to file an Amended Complaint which complies with 21 Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 8, the pleading standard announced in Bell Atlantic Corp. 22 v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544 (2007) and expanded in Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 556 U.S. 662 (2009), 23 and at a minimum states: 24 25 26 27 28 • A description of the alleged events upon which Plaintiff is bringing suit. • The details of the alleged violation(s) of Cal. Civ. Code § 2924.11 and 12 C.F.R. §1024.41. • The details concerning the nature of Plaintiff’s debt, including the type of loan involved. • Any information concerning how Defendant’s acts or omissions caused 2 17cv1267-JLS (JMA) 1 2 Plaintiff’s alleged harm. • The details concerning the amount of damages Plaintiff claims to have incurred as a result of Defendant’s alleged wrongful conduct. 3 4 5 6 (Mot. for More Definite Statement 3.) IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: August 21, 2017 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 3 17cv1267-JLS (JMA)

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