Love v. Select Portfolio Servicing Inc. et al
ORDER granting 15 Motion to Dismiss. Signed by District Judge Arthur J. Tarnow. (MLan)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
CASE NO. 13-11647
HONORABLE ARTHUR J. TARNOW
SENIOR U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE
SELECT PORTFOLIO SERVICING INC. ET AL.,
ORDER GRANTING DEFENDANT ORLANS ASSOCIATES, P.C.’s
MOTION TO DISMISS 
Before the Court is Defendant Orlans Associates, P.C.’s Motion to Dismiss
For the reasons stated below, Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss  is
This matter concerns the execution of a mortgage on the property at issue, and
the later foreclosure of this property by Defendant Select Portfolio Servicing Inc.
(SPS). Relevant to the Motion to Dismiss  now before the Court is
In his Complaint , Plaintiff Love brings claims of quiet title, slander of title,
injunctive relief, and violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA).
Plaintiff also alleges that Defendants violated his Constitutional due process rights.
III. Standard of Review
In a motion to dismiss, “the Plaintiff’s well-pleaded factual allegations are taken
as true, and reasonable inferences must be drawn in the Plaintiff’s favour.” Meador
v. Cabinet for Human Res., 902 F.2d 474, 475 (6th Cir. 1990). However, a court need
not accept as true legal conclusions or draw unwarranted factual inferences.
Grindstaff v. Green, 133 F.3d 416, 421 (6th Cir. 1998). Further the plaintiff must
“plead factual content that allows the court to draw the reasonable inference that the
defendant is liable for the misconduct alleged.” Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 129 S. Ct. 1937,
1949 (2009). The plaintiff’s factual allegations must do more than demonstrate a
“sheer possibility that a defendant has acted unlawfully.” Id.
First, Defendant Orlans Associates, as counsel for Defendant SPS during the
course of the foreclosure proceedings now at issue, cannot be held liable solely in their
role as legal counsel during the foreclosure. Gorbach v. Us Bank Nat'l Ass'n, 2013
Mich. App. LEXIS 158, at *12-13 (Mich. Ct. App. Jan. 29, 2013). Therefore,
Plaintiff’s state law claims against Defendant Orlans Associates fail.
Next, Plaintiff attempts to argue that Defendant Orlans Associates may be liable
as a “debt collector” under the FDCPA. It is settled law that the FDCPA applies to
lawyers collecting debts on behalf of clients. Heintz v. Jenkins, 514 U.S. 291, 294-95
(1995). However, Defendant Orlans Associates argues that Plaintiff has failed to plead
sufficient facts to support its FDCPA claim.
In general, Plaintiff’s allegations focus on the lack of chain of title between
non-party MLSG and Defendant SPS, as well as Defendants’ failure allow statutorily
mandated periods of time to allow Plaintiff to modify his loans prior to foreclosure.
It is only the latter allegation that seems to apply to Defendant Orlans Associates.
However, the facts stated in Plaintiff’s Complaint  pertain almost exclusively
to alleged actions taken by Defendant SPS. Plaintiff makes no mention of any action
taken by Defendant Orlans Associates other than aiding in the foreclosure process.
Therefore, Plaintiff pleads insufficient facts to sustain its FDCPA claim against
Defendant Orlans Associates.
Finally, it does not appear that Plaintiff brings it claim of Constitutional due
process violations against Orlans Associates, nor can Plaintiff bring such a claim, as
Orlans Associates is not a government actor. See Northrip v. Federal Nat'l Mortg.
Asso., 527 F.2d 23, 25, 1975 U.S. App. LEXIS 11516, at *5 (6th Cir. Mich. 1975).
Therefore, Defendant Orlans Associates’s Motion to Dismiss  is
For the reasons stated above, the Court Defendant Orlans Associates’s Motion
to Dismiss  is GRANTED.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Defendant Orlans Associates’s Motion to
Dismiss is GRANTED.
s/Arthur J. Tarnow
ARTHUR J. TARNOW
SENIOR UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
DATED: April 9, 2014
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