JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. v. Williston Investment Group, LLC, et al
ORDER Granting 34 Joint Motion to Amend 32 Order. The parties shall submit a Proposed Amended Judgment in the case to include defendants Williston Investment Group, LLC, Martha Whalin, and Scott Whalin within 10 days of the date of this Order. Signed by Judge James C. Mahan on 10/4/2017. (Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF - SLD)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF NEVADA
JP MORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A.,
Case No. 2:16-CV-2874 JCM (GWF)
WILLISTON INVESTMENT GROUP, LLC,
James C. Mahan
U.S. District Judge
resently before the court is plaintiff JP Morgan Chase, N.A. (“Chase”) and defendant
Williston Investment Group, LLC’s (“Williston”) joint motion pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil
Procedure 60(a). (ECF No. 34).
On December 12, 2016, Chase filed a complaint in this court. The complaint alleges three
causes of action: (1) declaratory relief; (2) quiet title; and (3) unjust enrichment. (ECF No. 1).
Chase named four defendants: Williston, Heritage Estates Homeowners’ Association (“Heritage”),
Martha Whalin, and Scott Whalin (“the Whalins”). Id. On January 5, 2017, Heritage filed a
motion to dismiss plaintiff’s claims. (ECF No. 9). On August 1, 2017, the court granted the
motion. (ECF No. 32). On August 3, 2017, the clerk of court entered judgment in favor of Heritage
and against Chase. (ECF No. 33).
FRCP 60 allows courts to “correct a clerical mistake or a mistake arising from oversight or
omission whenever one is found in a judgment, order, or other part of the record.” Fed. R. Civ. P.
60(a). “The Rule ‘allows a court to clarify a judgment in order to correct a failure to memorialize
part of its decision, to reflect the necessary implications of the original order, to ensure that the
court’s purpose is fully implemented, or to permit enforcement.’” Tattersalls, Ltd. V. DeHaven,
745 F.3d 1294, 1298 (quoting Garamendi v. Henin, 683 F.3d, 1069, 1079 (9th Cir. 2012)). “The
‘touchstone’ of Rule 60(a) in all these cases is ‘fidelity to the intent behind the original judgment.’”
Id. (quoting Garamendi, 683 F.3d at 1078).
An amended judgment against all named defendants is proper in this case, as that was the
original intent of the order granting defendant Heritage’s motion to dismiss. As the parties
reference in their joint motion, the court’s order references dismissal “as to all three claims.” (ECF
No. 32). The language of the order references plaintiff’s failure to assert allegations of fact or law
suggesting that plaintiff is entitled to quiet title against any of the defendants. Id. Further,
plaintiff’s third claim for relief, unjust enrichment, references defendant Williston and no other
defendants. (ECF No. 1). Therefore, the original intent of the order must have been to dismiss all
three claims as to defendant Williston.1 As the court’s ruling originally intended to encompass
Williston, modification of the judgment is appropriate. See Tattersalls, 745 F.3d at 1297.
As plaintiff notes in its complaint, “the claims asserted against [the Whalins] are nominal
in nature.” (ECF No. 1). For this reason, and the reasons stated above, the court instructs the
parties to submit a proposed amended judgment consistent with the foregoing.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED, ADJUDGED, and DECREED that plaintiff and defendant’s
joint motion pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 60(a) (ECF No. 34) be, and the same
hereby is, GRANTED.
The parties shall submit a proposed amended judgment in the case (ECF No. 33) to include
defendants Williston Investment Group, LLC, Martha Whalin, and Scott Whalin within ten (10)
days of the date of this order.
DATED October 4, 2017.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
James C. Mahan
U.S. District Judge
The court noted that declaratory relief is not an independent cause of action, but is instead
a form of relief. (ECF No. 1).
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