Coleman v. Ward
MEMORANDUM OPINION. Signed by Judge Catherine C. Blake on 10/31/2017. (kw2s, Deputy Clerk)(c/m 10.31.17)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF MARYLAND
EDWIN C. COLEMAN
CARRIE M. WARD
Civil No. – CCB-17-1746
Edwin C. Coleman filed this action to attack the validity of a foreclosure action instituted
in the Circuit Court of Baltimore City, after having filed several motions and appeals in the
Maryland state courts. Defendant trustee Carrie M. Ward has filed a motion to dismiss the
amended complaint, and Coleman has responded. The motion will be granted.
It is difficult to discern the bases for Coleman’s claims. To the extent he states any
claim, however, it has or could have been brought in the course of the state court litigation.1 The
state courts have ruled against Coleman, and accordingly those claims are barred by the doctrine
of res judicata. See Laurel Sand & Gravel, Inc. v. Wilson, 519 F.3d 156, 162 (4th Cir. 2008).
Further, to the extent he seeks to have this court stay the ongoing state court proceedings,
Coleman has shown no basis for an exception to the Anti-Inunction Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2283. See
Employers Resource Management Co., Inc. v. Shannon, 65 F.3d 1126, 1129-30 (4th Cir. 1995).
It also appears that Younger abstention is warranted. Id. at 1134-35.
A separate order effecting the ruling made in this memorandum is being entered
Date: October 31, 2017
Any TILA claim would be time-barred.
Catherine C. Blake
United States District Judge
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