Rodriguez v. Northwest Trustee Services Inc et al
ORDER Dismissing Plaintiff's Complaint (Dkt. No. 4 ). Within fourteen (14) days from the date of this Order, Plaintiff may file an amended complaint addressing the deficiencies addressed above. If Plaintiff does not file an amended complaint wi thin that timeframe, or if Plaintiff files an amended complaint that does not state a cognizable claim for relief or is otherwise untenable under § 1915(e), the Court will dismiss the action. Signed by Judge Richard A Jones. (TH) (cc: Plaintiff via U.S. Mail)
HONORABLE RICHARD A. JONES
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON
MELIN T. RODRIGUEZ,
CASE NO. C17-1627 RAJ
SERVICES, INC., et al.,
This matter comes before the Court sua sponte. For the reasons that follow, the
Court DISMISSES pro se Plaintiff Melin T. Rodriguez’s complaint with leave to amend.
Dkt. # 4.
On November 1, 2017, Plaintiff filed this action against Defendants Northwest
Trustee Services, Inc., U.S. Bank National Association, and Does 1-50. Dkt. # 4.
Plaintiff alleges that Defendants violated his right to due process and his civil rights by
allegedly “ignoring proper loan procedures”. In doing so, Plaintiff submitted an
application to proceed in forma pauperis. Dkt. #1. The Honorable James P. Donohue
granted the application. Dkt. # 3.
The Court’s authority to grant in forma pauperis status derives from 28 U.S.C.
1 § 1915. The Court is required to dismiss an in forma pauperis plaintiff’s case if the Court
2 determines that “the action . . . (i) is frivolous or malicious; (ii) fails to state a claim on
3 which relief may be granted; or (iii) seeks monetary relief against a defendant who is
4 immune from such relief.” 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B); see also See Lopez v. Smith, 203
5 F.3d 1122, 1129 (9th Cir. 2000) (“[S]ection 1915(e) applies to all in forma pauperis
6 complaints, not just those filed by prisoners.”). A complaint is frivolous if it lacks a basis
7 in law or fact. Andrews v. King, 398 F.3d 1113, 1121 (9th Cir. 2005). A complaint fails
8 to state a claim if it does not “state a claim to relief that is plausible on its face.” Bell Atl.
9 Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544, 568 (2007).
“The legal standard for dismissing a complaint for failure to state a claim under 28
11 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B)(ii) parallels that used when ruling on dismissal under Federal
12 Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6).” Day v. Florida, No. 14-378-RSM, 2014 WL
13 1412302, at *4 (W.D. Wash. Apr. 10, 2014) (citing Lopez, 203 F.3d at 1129). Rule
14 12(b)(6) permits a court to dismiss a complaint for failure to state a claim. The rule
15 requires the court to assume the truth of the complaint’s factual allegations and credit all
16 reasonable inferences arising from those allegations. Sanders v. Brown, 504 F.3d 903,
17 910 (9th Cir. 2007). The plaintiff must point to factual allegations that “state a claim to
18 relief that is plausible on its face.” Bell Atl. Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544, 568 (2007).
19 Where a plaintiff proceeds pro se, the court must construe the plaintiff’s complaint
20 liberally. Johnson v. Lucent Techs. Inc., 653 F.3d 1000, 1011 (9th Cir. 2011) (citing
21 Hebbe v. Pliler, 627 F.3d 338, 342 (9th Cir. 2010)).
Plaintiff’s Complaint provides very few details regarding Defendants’ alleged
23 actions. Plaintiff alleges that Defendants have no legal right to the real property at 5312
24 South Avon Street in Seattle, Washington because they do not have a valid trustee’s deed
25 and that Defendants engaged in “improper noticing for mortgage note and deed
26 activities.” Dkt. # 4. Plaintiff provides no further details as to how Defendants denied
27 his right to due process, or why the trustee’s deed allegedly held by Defendants is not
1 valid. Plaintiff states only that there is “no definitive claimant of ownership of the
2 note(s), due to divergent paths taken by both the mortgage note and by the deed of trust.”
3 Dkt. # 1-1 at 5. Plaintiff also requests damages and punitive damages in the amount of
Even taking all allegations in the light most favorable to the Plaintiff, the
6 Complaint fails to state a claim showing that he is entitled to relief. Plaintiff states that
7 jurisdiction is proper in this Court because his due process and constitutional rights have
8 been violated, but none of his allegations establish how Defendants violated these rights.
9 Nothing in the Complaint establishes his right to relief beyond a speculative level.
10 Taking these allegations as true and construing them liberally, the Court concludes that
11 Plaintiff’s Complaint is frivolous and fails to state a valid claim for relief.
For the reasons stated above, the Court DISMISSES Plaintiff’s Complaint.
13 Dkt. # 4. Within fourteen (14) days from the date of this Order, Plaintiff may file an
14 amended complaint addressing the deficiencies addressed above. If Plaintiff does not file
15 an amended complaint within that timeframe, or if Plaintiff files an amended complaint
16 that does not state a cognizable claim for relief or is otherwise untenable under § 1915(e),
17 the Court will dismiss the action.
Dated this 1st day of December, 2017.
The Honorable Richard A. Jones
United States District Judge
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