MCDERMOTT et al v. BB&T BANK CORPORATION et al
ORDER granting 5 8 15 16 17 19 21 28 31 42 Defendants' Motions to Dismiss and 32 Plaintiffs' Motion to Preserve the Record for Appeal and denying 13 Defendant John Noonans Motion to Strike, 25 Plaintiff' Motion to Allow Inspection of Documents and 40 Plaintiffs' Motion Pursuant to FRCP 17(A). See the attached Order for further details. Signed by Judge Amit P. Mehta on 01/03/2017. (lcapm2)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
BB&T Bank Corporation, et al.,
George Edward McDermott, Sr., et al.,
Civil No. 1:16-cv-00532 (APM)
All Defendants have moved to dismiss Plaintiffs’ Complaint, Compl., ECF No. 1, in its
entirety. The court grants those motions for two main reasons.
First, this court is not the proper venue for this action.
See 28 U.S.C. § 1391.
Defendant resides in this judicial district, see id. § 1391(b)(1); a “substantial part of the events or
omissions giving rise” to Plaintiffs’ claims did not occur in this judicial district (they occurred in
the District of Maryland), id. 1391(b)(2); and the property at issue in this matter is not situated in
this judicial district (it is situated in the District of Maryland), id.
Second, the court declines to transfer this matter to a judicial district in which it could have
been brought, see 28 U.S.C. § 1406, because there are obvious substantive problems with
See Simpkins v. District of Columbia Gov’t, 108 F.3d 366, 370 (D.C. Cir.
1997) (affirming that “it made little sense to transfer the case to another jurisdiction,” which
“would have the case alive only until the next court looked it over and found it wanting”).
court has reviewed Plaintiffs’ Complaint and it seemingly centers on the foreclosure of a home
located at 8324 Bock Road, Fort Washington, MD 20744.
Compl. at 2–3. The Maryland courts
have ratified the foreclosure sale. See Def. Atlantic Law Group LLC’s Mot. to Dismiss, ECF No.
15, at 4; Def. Wilmer’s Mem. in Supp. of Mot. to Dismiss, ECF No. 17-1, at 3. To the extent
Plaintiffs seek to undo the state-court foreclosure order, see Compl. at 9–10, the claims are barred
under the Rooker-Feldman doctrine. Under that doctrine, “‘a party losing in state court is barred
from seeking what in substance would be appellate review of the state judgment in a United States
district court, based on the losing party’s claim that the state judgment itself violates the loser’s
federal rights.’” Liebman v. Deutsche Bank Nat'l Trust Co., 15 F. Supp. 3d 49, 55–56 (D.D.C.
2014) (quoting Johnson v. De Grandy, 512 U.S. 997, 1005–06 (1994)); see also Exxon Mobil
Corp. v. Saudi Basic Indus. Corp., 544 U.S. 280, 284 (2005) (“The Rooker–Feldman doctrine . . .
is confined to cases of the kind from which the doctrine acquired its name: cases brought by statecourt losers complaining of injuries caused by state-court judgments rendered before the district
court proceedings commenced and inviting district court review and rejection of those
As in Liebman, where the plaintiff similarly challenged a state-court foreclosure
order, Plaintiffs’ claim that the Maryland state court’s forfeiture order was unlawful under federal
law is barred under Rooker-Feldman. See Liebman, 15 F. Supp. 3d at 55–57.
Additionally, to the extent that the Rooker-Feldman doctrine does not bar the claims
asserted, the doctrine of res judicata does so. Plaintiffs’ claims arise out of the same events as to
which a competent court already has rendered a final, valid judgment on the merits of the same or
similar causes of action. See Porter v. Shah, 606 F.3d 809, 813 (D.C. Cir. 2010) (setting forth the
elements of res judicata).
Finally, even construing the Complaint generously, see Haines v. Kerner, 404 U.S. 519,
520 (1972), the court cannot discern within it a plausible claim. Plaintiffs have not asserted any
“factual content that allows the court to draw the reasonable inference that [Defendants are] liable
for the misconduct alleged.” Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 556 U.S. 662, 678 (2009). Rather, their pleading
rests entirely on conclusory statements that do not suffice to state a plausible cause of action. See
Accordingly, the court rules as follows on the pending motions:
Defendant John Noonan’s Motions to Dismiss, ECF Nos. 5, 8, 16, 28, 31, 42, are
Defendant John Noonan’s Motion to Strike, ECF No. 13, is denied as moot.
Defendant Atlantic Law Group, LLC’s Motion to Dismiss, ECF No. 15, is granted.
Defendant Robert G. Wilmer’s Motion to Dismiss, ECF No. 17, is granted.
Defendants BB&T Bank Corporation and Jeffrey Fisher’s Motion to Dismiss,
ECF No. 19, is granted.
Defendant Sidney J. Harrison’s Motion to Dismiss, ECF No. 21, is granted.
Plaintiffs’ Motion to Allow Plaintiff Inspection of Documents, ECF No. 25, is
denied as moot.
Plaintiffs’ Motion to Preserve the Record for Appeal, ECF No. 32, is granted,
insofar as the record is “preserved” for appeal in any event.
Plaintiffs’ Motion Pursuant to FRCP 17(A), ECF No. 40, is denied as moot.
Accordingly, this action is hereby dismissed in its entirety with prejudice.
This is a final, appealable order.
Amit P. Mehta
United States District Judge
Date: January 3, 2017
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