First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company v. Vogt et al
MOTION by Plaintiff First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company for judgment of Foreclosure and Other Relief (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A)(Collen, John)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company, a
North Carolina chartered commercial
bank, as successor in interest to Temecula
Cynthia J. Vogt a/k/a Cynthia Vogt, an
individual, Clarence B. Vogt, an individual,
Vogt Enterprises, Inc., an Illinois corporation,
Smart Bros. Inc., an Illinois corporation, and
Dearborn Wholesale Grocers, L.P., an Illinois
Case No. 15 cv 07485
Judge John J. Tharp, Jr.
FIRST-CITIZENS BANK & TRUST COMPANY’S MOTION FOR
ENTRY OF A JUDGMENT OF FORECLOSURE AND OTHER RELIEF
Now comes the Plaintiff, First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company, a North Carolina
chartered commercial bank, as successor in interest to Temecula Valley Bank (“First-Citizens”),
by and through its attorneys, and respectfully moves this Court to enter a Judgment of
Foreclosure as to those defendants who have defaulted, as well as to make a determination that
the interest, if any, of the non-defaulting defendant is subordinate to the valid and perfected first
mortgage of First-Citizens. In support of the Motion, First-Citizens states as follows:
On August 26, 2015, First-Citizens filed its Complaint to Foreclose Mortgage and
for Other Relief (the “Complaint”) in the above-captioned case, naming as Defendants Cynthia J.
Vogt (“Ms. Vogt”), Clarence B. Vogt (“Mr. Vogt”), Vogt Enterprises, Inc., Smart Bros. Inc.
(“Smart Bros.”), and Dearborn Wholesale Grocers L.P. (“Dearborn”).
Among other things, the Complaint sought to foreclose First-Citizens’ mortgage
on real property commonly known as 3201 North Lewis Avenue, Waukegan, Illinois (the “Real
Property”) and legally described in the Complaint.
On November 6, 2015, this Court entered an order of default and a default
judgment in favor of First-Citizens and against defendant Dearborn.
On February 2, 2016, this Court entered orders of default and default judgments
in favor of First-Citizens and against defendants Ms. Vogt, Mr. Vogt and Vogt Enterprises, Inc.,
jointly and severally, including, without limitation, a judgment in the amount of $1,374,579.73
plus post-judgment interest as allowed under Illinois law.
No motion is pending, nor has any ever been filed, seeking to vacate the default
judgments referenced in the preceding two paragraphs.
The only remaining defendant, Smart Bros., filed an Answer to the Complaint in
which it did not contest the validity, priority or amount of First-Citizens’ mortgage, but
suggested it may have tenancy interest in the Real Property. However, the purported lease
instrument attached to Smart Bros.’ Answer is an unexecuted document. Further, Smart Bros.
has vacated the Premises for over one year and is not occupying the Property thereby abandoning
any interest. Finally, First-Citizens’ mortgage pre-dates any asserted interest of Smart Bros.
Lastly, a title search shows no recorded lease or memorandum of lease by Smart Bros. (or
anyone else for that matter).
FORECLOSURE AS TO CERTAIN DEFENDANTS
The allegations of the Complaint, which speak for themselves, set forth all
elements necessary and sufficient for a decree of foreclosure pursuant to the Illinois’ Mortgage
Foreclosure Act. See, 735 ILCS 5/15-1504. Accordingly, by reason of default by Defendants
Ms. Vogt, Mr. Vogt, Vogt Enterprises, Inc. and Dearborn, First-Citizens is entitled to a decree of
foreclosure against those defendants. A proposed Draft Order is attached as Exhibit A.
CERTAIN RELIEF AS TO SMART BROS.
On January 19, 2016, this Court entered an Order appointing Moglia Advisors as
Roughly concurrently with the instant Motion by First-Citizens, the Receiver has
filed a motion (“Sale Motion”) for authority to sell the Real Property to a successful bidder
pursuant to previously authorized bid procedures. The Sale Motion speaks for itself, and FirstCitizens strongly supports it.
The Receiver’s Motion, among other things, seeks to convey title to the Real
Property free and clear of liens, claims and encumbrances with all liens, claims and
encumbrances instead attaching to the proceeds of sale with the same priority and validity as
they had with respect to the Real Property. The Receiver’s motion for authority to sell the Real
Property also specifically requests authority to pay to First-Citizens the proceeds of the sale of
the Real Property after allowed expenses and satisfaction of any real estate taxes prorated to the
date of sale.
In order to facilitate that relief requested by the Receiver in the Sale Motion,
First-Citizens respectfully requests a determination (finding of fact/conclusion of law) that the
interest, if any, of Smart Bros. in the Real Property is subordinate to the valid, perfected first
mortgage of First-Citizens.
WHEREFORE, Plaintiff First-Citizens prays that this Court: (A) enter the Judgment of
Foreclosure against Defendants Ms. Vogt, Mr. Vogt, Vogt Enterprises and Dearborn, as well as
determining that Smart Bros.’ interest, if any, in the Real Property is subordinate to the valid and
perfected mortgage of First-Citizens attached hereto, and (B) enter such other and further relief
as this Court deems just and appropriate.
FIRST-CITIZENS BANK & TRUST COMPANY, a
North Carolina chartered commercial bank, as
successor in interest to Temecula Valley Bank
By: /s/ John Collen
One of its Attorneys
John Collen, ARDC No. 03127874
William S. Hackney, ARDC No. 06256042
150 North Michigan Ave.; Suite 3300
Chicago, Illinois 60601
Dated: October 12, 2017
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