Martinez v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. et al
ORDER DENYING 31 Motion for New Trial. Signed by Judge Xavier Rodriguez. (rf)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
SAN ANTONIO DIVISION
EZEQUIEL MARTINEZ AS TRUSTEE OF §
7015 HEATHERS PLACE LAND TRUST, §
WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A., BARRETT §
DAFFIN FRAPPIER TURNER & ENGEL §
LLP, and THOMAS E. BLACK, JR.,
Civil Action No. SA-12-CV-789-XR
On this day the Court considered Plaintiff’s Motion for New Trial and for Rehearing
(Doc. No. 31). Because Plaintiff’s motion asks the Court to reconsider its ruling on Wells
Fargo’s motion to dismiss and was filed within twenty-eight days after the entry of final
judgment, the Court will construe Plaintiff’s motion as a motion to alter or amend judgment
under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 59(e). See Demahy v. Schwarz Pharma, Inc., 702 F.3d
177, 182 n.2 (5th Cir. 2012) (explaining that a motion asking the court to reconsider a prior
ruling is evaluated as a motion to alter or amend judgment under Rule 59(e) if the motion was
filed within twenty-eight days after the entry of judgment).
“A Rule 59(e) motion calls into question the correctness of a judgment.” Templet v.
HydroChem Inc., 367 F.3d 473, 478 (5th Cir. 2004) (internal quotation marks omitted). To be
entitled to relief under Rule 59(e), a movant “must clearly establish either a manifest error of
law or fact or must present newly discovered evidence.” Schiller v. Physicians Res. Grp. Inc.,
342 F.3d 563, 567 (5th Cir. 2003) (internal quotation marks omitted). “Relief under Rule 59(e)
is also appropriate when there has been an intervening change in the controlling law.” Id.
Here, Plaintiff has failed to identify a manifest error of law or fact or present newly
discovered evidence demonstrating that the judgment that was entered in this case is incorrect.
Nor has Plaintiff shown that relief under Rule 59(e) is appropriate because of a change in
controlling case law. To the contrary, two recent Fifth Circuit opinions corroborate this
Court’s entry of judgment in favor of Wells Fargo. See Reinagel v. Deutsche Bank Nat’l Trust
Co., --- F.3d ---, 2013 WL 3480207 (5th Cir. July 11, 2013); Martins v. BAC Home Loans
Servicing, L.P., --- F.3d ---, 2013 WL 3213633 (5th Cir. June 26, 2013).1
Accordingly, Plaintiff’s Motion for New Trial and for Rehearing (Doc. No. 31) is
SIGNED this 30th day of July, 2013.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
When ruling on Wells Fargo’s motion to dismiss Plaintiff’s quiet title claim, the Court did not need to reach the
issue of whether the assignment of the mortgage was valid because the documents central to Plaintiff’s claim
established that Wells Fargo was the holder of the note and Plaintiff failed to allege specific facts suggesting
otherwise. See Kiggundu v. Mortg. Elec. Registration Sys. Inc., 469 F. App’x 330, 332 (5th Cir. 2012) (holding
that the defendant was not required to show that the deed of trust had been assigned to it because the defendant
had established that it was the holder of the note). Likewise, when ruling on Wells Fargo’s motion to dismiss
Plaintiff’s cause of action under Chapter 12 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code, the Court did not
need to reach the issue of whether the assignment was fraudulent because Plaintiff failed to allege sufficient facts
demonstrating that Wells Fargo acted with intent to cause physical injury, financial injury, or mental anguish or
emotional distress. See TEX. CIV. PRAC. & REM. CODE § 12.002(a)(3). However, even if the Court had needed to
consider Plaintiff’s challenges to the assignment, the Court’s holding would have been no different because the
challenges fail as a matter of law. See Reinagel, --- F.3d ---, 2013 WL 3480207, at *3-5.
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