Del Mazo v. Countrywide Home Loans, Inc. et al
ORDER ACCEPTING MAGISTRATE JUDGE'S REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION: The court agrees with the analysis conducted by the magistrate judge, and therefore accepts his recommendation that plaintiff lacks standing and the court therefore lacks subject mat ter jurisdiction over the case. Plaintiff's complaint is DISMISSED with prejudice for failure to state a claim. Signed by Senior Judge George Caram Steeh, III on 7/19/2017. (DOCKET TEXT SUMMARY ONLY-ATTORNEYS MUST OPEN THE PDF AND READ THE ORDER.)(ab)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
MIDDLE DISTRICT OF TENNESSEE
LUIS A. DEL MAZO, JR, TRUSTEE,
RICHMOND COMMUNITY TRUST,
Case No. 16-CV-00032
HON. GEORGE CARAM STEEH*
COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS, INC,
THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON,
ORDER ACCEPTING MAGISTRATE
JUDGE'S REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION
Plaintiff Luis A. Del Mazo, Jr. brought his complaint alleging that he is the current
owner of a piece of real estate which has been wrongfully foreclosed upon by
defendants. The matter is before the court on defendants’ motion for judgment on the
pleadings [doc. 26] and plaintiff’s motion to set aside foreclosure [doc. 37]. The
motions were referred to the magistrate judge for report and recommendation. On
June 21, 2017, Magistrate Judge Frensley issued his report and recommendation
recommending that defendants’ motion be granted because plaintiff failed to
demonstrate that he suffered an injury in fact, and therefore lacked Constitutional
standing. The magistrate judge also rejected plaintiff’s contention that he could
establish standing as a third-party beneficiary, “given that the Borrowers executed the
Deed of Trust in 2007, but did not transfer their interest to Plaintiff until 2014.” He
* The Honorable George Caram Steeh, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan,
sitting by special designation.
specifically pointed out that the Deed of Trust lays out the process by which the
borrowers could have assigned their rights in the property to plaintiff, but that process,
which requires that plaintiff be approved by the lender as a successor in interest, was
not alleged or shown to have been followed. Having determined that plaintiff lacks
standing to bring the claims asserted in his complaint, the magistrate judge concluded
that the court lacks subject matter jurisdiction over the case. Without jurisdiction, the
magistrate recommends that the court need not address defendants’ other arguments
for dismissal, nor plaintiff’s arguments alleging wrongful foreclosure.
Plaintiff filed objections to the report and recommendation within the established
time period and defendants filed a response to the objections. The objections consist
of a single paragraph in which plaintiff states that he believes he does have
Constitutional standing to bring his action, and that he is also a third-party beneficiary to
the contract between the original parties.
In the report and recommendation, plaintiff was notified that, pursuant to Thomas
v. Arn, 474 U.S. 140, 155 (1985), his failure to file specific objections to the report would
constitute a waiver of his claims on appeal. “[O]bjections must be clear enough to
enable the district court to discern those issues that are dispositive and contentious.”
Howard v. Secretary of Health and Human Servs., 932 F.2d 505, 509 (6th Cir. 1991). In
this case, plaintiff simply states his belief that the magistrate judge’s recommendation
as to his lack of Constitutional and third-party beneficiary standing is wrong, without
giving any legal arguments or pointing out the particular problems with the conclusion
reached by the judge. Because plaintiff failed to file specific objections, he has waived
appellate review of his arguments. See Miller v. Currie, 50 F.3d 373, 380 (6th Cir.
The court agrees with the analysis conducted by the magistrate judge, and
therefore accepts his recommendation that plaintiff lacks standing and the court
therefore lacks subject matter jurisdiction over the case. Now, therefore,
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that defendants’ motion for judgment on the pleadings
IT IS HEREBY FURTHER ORDERED that plaintiff’s motion to set aside
foreclosure is DENIED.
IT IS HEREBY FURTHER ORDERED that plaintiff’s complaint is DISMISSED
with prejudice for failure to state a claim.
Dated: July 19, 2017
s/George Caram Steeh
GEORGE CARAM STEEH
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
SITTING BY SPECIAL DESIGNATION
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