Umouyo v. Bank of America, NA et al
ORDER denying Plaintiff's 18 Motion for Reconsideration signed by Judge Richard A Jones.(PM)
HONORABLE RICHARD A. JONES
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON
HENRY A. UMOUYO,
Case No. 2:16-CV-01576-RAJ
BANK OF AMERICA, N.A.;
CARRINGTON MORTGAGE SERVICES,
LLC; AND ANY UNKNOWN HEIRS,
DEVISEES, GRANTEES, CREDITORS,
AND OTHER UNKNOWN PERSONS OR
UNKNOWN SPOUSES CLAIMING BY,
THROUGH AND UNDER BANK OF
This matter comes before the Court on Plaintiff’s motion for reconsideration. Dkt.
# 18. Defendant opposes the motion. Dkt. # 20. For the reasons below, the Court
DENIES Plaintiff’s motion.
Motions for reconsideration are disfavored and will be granted only upon a
“showing of manifest error in the prior ruling” or “new facts or legal authority which
could not have been brought to [the court’s] attention earlier with reasonable diligence.”
Local R. W.D. Wash. (“LCR”) 7(h)(1).
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Plaintiff argues that the Court erred in recognizing a tolling of the statute of
limitations for the period during which Defendant pursued judicial foreclosure in state
court. See generally Dkt. # 18. Plaintiff cites case law suggesting that the statute of
limitations is not tolled when a case has been dismissed without prejudice under Rule 41.
That is, when a case is dismissed either voluntarily by the plaintiff or involuntary for lack
of prosecution. See, e.g., Humphreys v. U.S., 272 F.2d 411, 412 (9th Cir. 1959) (finding
that “a suit dismissed without prejudice pursuant to Rule 41(a)(2) leaves the situation the
same as if the suit had never been brought in the first place . . . .”); Kirsch v. Cranberry
Fin., LLC, 178 Wash. App. 1031 (2013) (“When a case is dismissed involuntarily without
prejudice under CR 41, refiling is permitted so long as the statute of limitations has not
expired. The time limit for refiling is computed as if the first case had never been filed
and is not tolled by the commencement of the first action.”).
Plaintiff avers that because the state court dismissed Defendant’s judicial
foreclosure action without prejudice, the statute of limitations was not tolled for two
years. However, the state court did not dismiss the action pursuant to Rule 41, as did the
courts in Plaintiff’s cited cases, but rather because of Defendant’s failure to conduct a
face-to-face meeting with Plaintiff. See generally Dkt. # 18-1. Plaintiff does not offer
authority suggesting that dismissal on these grounds voids any tolling of the statute of
limitations. For these reasons, the Court DENIES Plaintiff’s motion for reconsideration.
Dkt. # 18.
Dated this 18th day of September, 2017.
The Honorable Richard A. Jones
United States District Judge
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