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Transnation Title Insurance Co. v. Aurora Loan Services LLC

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


May 13, 2010

TRANSNATION TITLE INSURANCE COMPANY, AN ARIZONA CORPORATION, PLAINTIFF,
v.
AURORA LOAN SERVICES LLC, A DELAWARE LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY, DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Dean D. Pregerson

Amended Order Staying Case

On April 6, 2010, the Court ordered the parties to file supplemental briefing addressing whether the Court should stay this action pending the resolution of Lehman Brothers Bank, FSB v. Transnation Title Insurance Company, Los Angeles County Superior Court Case No. BC393674. (Dkt. No. 24.) Upon reviewing the parties' supplemental briefs, the Court now stays this case.

Plaintiff Transnation Title Insurance Company ("Transnation" or "Plaintiff") commenced this action in Los Angeles County Superior Court on December 4, 2009. Plaintiff contends that it intended to seek consolidation of the case with Lehman Brothers Bank, FSB v. Transnation Title Insurance Company, Los Angeles County Superior Court Case No. BC393674 (referred to hereinafter as "the State Action"), a case concerning the same real properties and title insurance policies at issue in this case.*fn1 Before any such request could be filed, however, Defendant Aurora Loan Services, LLC ("Defendant" or "Aurora") removed this case to federal court, invoking the Court's diversity jurisdiction. Soon after removing, Defendant filed a Motion to Dismiss, contending that the allegations in Plaintiff's complaint fail to state a claim upon which relief can be granted. (Dkt. No. 5.)

Upon reviewing the parties briefing on Defendant's Motion to Dismiss, the Court ordered the parties to file supplemental briefing addressing whether this case should be stayed. (Dkt. No. 24.) In its supplemental brief, Plaintiff reported that it "is in the process of" filing a motion for leave to file a cross-complaint against Lehman Brothers and Aurora -- Lehman Brothers's wholly-owned subsidiary -- in the State Action. If granted, Plaintiff's motion would permit the state court to preside over all of the related claims at issue, thus eliminating the possibility of inconsistent legal rulings and/or findings of fact.

In the interest of judicial economy, the Court stays this case pending a ruling in the State Action on Transnation's motion for leave to file a cross-complaint against Lehman Brothers and Aurora. The Court orders the parties to provide a copy of this Amended Order to the judge presiding over the State Action.

The parties shall promptly notify the Court upon receiving a ruling from the state court on Transnation's motion for leave to file a cross-complaint. The Court will revisit the need for a stay after reviewing the state court's ruling.*fn2

IT IS SO ORDERED.


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