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Pajarillo v. Bank of America

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


October 28, 2010

FIDEL PAJARILLO AND ROSALINDA PAJARILLO, PLAINTIFFS,
v.
BANK OF AMERICA, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Hon. Dana M. Sabraw United States District Judge

ORDER GRANTING COMPLAINT DEFENDANTS' MOTION TO DISMISS PLAINTIFFS'

Pending before the Court is the motion of Defendants Bank of America, N.A. and ReconTrust Company, N.A. (herein, "Defendants") to dismiss Plaintiffs' complaint or, in the alternative, for a more definite statement. For the following reasons, Defendants' motion to dismiss is granted. Defendants' motion for a more definite statement is denied as moot.

I. BACKGROUND

This action arises from Plaintiffs' purchase of property located at 2316 Vista Royal, Vista, California in June 2006 and the mortgage acquired by Plaintiffs in conjunction with such purchase. (Comp. Ex. 5.) Plaintiffs executed a Note secured by a Deed of Trust on June 29, 2006. (Id. at ¶¶ 9, 17, 88, Ex. 5; MTD RJN Exs. A, D.)*fn1 In the event of default, the Deed of Trust authorizes the lender to invoke the power of sale and to direct the trustee to initiate foreclosure proceedings. (MTD RJN Ex. D.) Plaintiffs failed to make a mortgage payment in 2008. (Id. at Ex. E.) On August 6, 2008, a Notice of Default was recorded. (Id.) An initial Notice of Trustee's Sale was recorded on March 16, 2009. (Id. at Ex. F.)

Plaintiffs filed the instant Complaint on April 30, 2010. (Doc. 1.) Plaintiffs plead twelve claims for relief in their Complaint: (1) violation of HOEPA, (2) violation of RESPA, (3) violation of TILA, (4) violation of FCRA, (5) fraudulent misrepresentation, (6) breach of fiduciary duty, (7) unjust enrichment, (8) civil conspiracy, (9) violation of RICO, (10) quiet title, (11) usury and fraud, and (12) wrongful foreclosure/sale. On June 14, 2010, Defendants filed a motion to dismiss each of the claims in the Complaint. (Doc. 4.) Plaintiffs filed an opposition and Defendants filed a reply. (Docs. 7, 8.)

II. LEGAL STANDARD

Defendants move to dismiss Plaintiffs' claims under Rule 12(b)(6) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. A party may move to dismiss a claim under Rule 12(b)(6) if the claimant fails to state a claim upon which relief can be granted. Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(6). The Federal Rules require a pleading to include a "short and plain statement of the claim showing that the pleader is entitled to relief." Fed. R. Civ. P. 8(a)(2). The Supreme Court, however, recently established a more stringent standard of review for pleadings in the context of 12(b)(6) motions to dismiss. See Ashcroft v. Iqbal, ___ U.S. ___, 129 S.Ct. 1937 (2009); Bell Atl. Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544 (2007). To survive a motion to dismiss under this new standard, "a complaint must contain sufficient factual matter, accepted as true, to 'state a claim to relief that is plausible on its face.'" Iqbal, 129 S.Ct. at 1949 (quoting Twombly, 550 U.S. at 570). "A claim has facial plausibility when the plaintiff pleads factual content that allows the court to draw the reasonable inference that the defendant is liable for the misconduct alleged." Id. (citing Twombly, 550 U.S. at 556). "Determining whether a complaint states a plausible claim for relief will . . . be a context-specific task that requires the reviewing court to draw on its judicial experience and common sense." Id. at 1950 (citing Iqbal v. Hasty, 490 F.3d 143, 157-58 (2d Cir. 2007)). The reviewing court must therefore "identify the allegations in the complaint that are not entitled to the assumption of truth" and evaluate "the factual allegations in [the] complaint to determine if they plausibly suggest an entitlement to relief." Id. at 1951.

III. DISCUSSION

In their motion to dismiss, Defendants argue (1) Plaintiffs fail to allege any claim against either Bank of America, N.A. or ReconTrust Company, N.A.; (2) Plaintiffs lack standing to challenge the foreclosure of their property because they fail to allege tender; (3) Plaintiffs' allegations regarding disclosures and Defendants' authority to foreclose on their property are belied by the contents of the loan documents received by Plaintiffs; and (4) each of Plaintiffs' claims fails because it is untimely, barred as a matter of law, and/or insufficiently pled. Plaintiffs assert Defendants' initiation of foreclosure proceedings against Plaintiffs' property was improper, Plaintiffs have standing to challenge the foreclosure, and they sufficiently plead each claim for relief in the Complaint.

A. Claims Against Bank of America

As an initial matter, Defendant Bank of America argues Plaintiffs make no specific allegations against Bank of America in their Complaint, but rather "direct their allegations of wrongful conduct at [Bank of America's] predecessor-in-interest, Countrywide Bank, N.A." (MTD at 4.) In their Opposition, Plaintiffs argue "[i]n its acquisition of Countrywide, Bank of America acquired both the assets and liabilities of this lender. . . . Bank of America is properly sued for matters regarding a loan which originated with Countrywide but is currently serviced by, and threatened to be foreclosed upon, by Bank of America." (Opp. at 4.) However, in the Complaint itself, Plaintiffs merely state that Defendant Bank of America "is sued as successor-in-interest to Countrywide Bank." (Comp. ¶ 5.) Such an allegation is insufficient to impose liability upon Bank of America through either a veil piercing or successor liability theory. See Pantoja v. Countrywide Home Loans, Inc., 640 F. Supp. 2d 1177, 1192 (N.D. Cal. 2009); see also Infante v. Bank of America Corp., 680 F. Supp. 2d 1298, 1305 (S.D. Fla. 2009). Accordingly, Plaintiffs' claims against Defendant Bank of America are dismissed with leave to amend. Nonetheless, the Court addresses Defendants' remaining arguments and Plaintiffs' claims below.

B. Tender

Defendants argue the Complaint should be dismissed in its entirety because Plaintiffs fail to allege tender of monies due under the promissory note. The tender requirement--an allegation of payment of the indebtedness or an offer in good faith and the ability to pay the indebtedness--applies to any claim for relief for irregularity in a foreclosure sale. Abdallah v. United Sav. Bank, 43 Cal. App. 4th 1101, 1109 (1996). The tender requirement also applies to bar any claim "implicitly integrated" in the foreclosure sale. Arnolds Mgmt. Corp. v. Eischen, 158 Cal. App. 3d 575, 579 (1984). Here, however, Plaintiffs allege "[u]pon the true 'lenders' full performance of its obligations under HOEPA, Plaintiff shall tender all sums to which the true lender is entitled." (Comp. ¶ 110.) Accordingly, the motion to dismiss is denied on this ground.

C. Plaintiffs' Claims for Relief

1. Violation of HOEPA

Plaintiffs' first claim alleges Defendant Bank of America violated the Home Ownership Equity Protection Act ("HOEPA"). HOEPA requires additional disclosures for "a special class of regulated loans that are made at higher interest rates or with excessive costs and fees." In re Cmty. Bank of N. Va., 418 F.3d 277, 304 (3d Cir. 2005); 15 U.S.C. §§ 1639(a), 1602(aa).HOEPA is not itself an independent regulatory scheme, but is rather an amendment to the Truth in Lending Act ("TILA"). Defendants argue Plaintiffs' HOEPA claim is barred by the statute of limitations. Claims under HOEPA are governed by the same statute of limitations as are claims under TILA: three years for claims seeking rescission, which begins to run from "the date of consummation of the transaction", and one year for claims seeking damages, which begins to run from "the occurrence of the violation."

15 U.S.C. §§ 1635(f), 1640(e); 12 C.F.R. § 226.23(a)(3). Generally, absent evidence of undisclosed credit terms or fraudulent concealment by Defendants, which Plaintiffs do not sufficiently plead here, the violation occurs "at the time the loan documents were signed." Meyer v. Ameriquest Mortg. Co., 342 F.3d 899, 902 (9th Cir. 2003). Plaintiffs' loan closed in June 2006, but Plaintiffs did not file the instant Complaint until April 30, 2010, nearly four years later.

Furthermore, although equitable tolling may apply to a TILA claim for damages, Plaintiffs' allegations are insufficient to support such an application. See King v. California, 784 F.2d 910, 914-15 (9th Cir. 1986). Equitable tolling may arise where there is excusable delay by the plaintiff and "may be applied if, despite all due diligence, a plaintiff is unable to obtain vital information bearing on the existence of his claim." Santa Maria v. Pac. Bell, 202 F.3d 1170, 1178 (9th Cir. 2000). There are no allegations in the Complaint to support a claim that Plaintiffs acted with due diligence to learn of the statutory violations.

2. Violation of RESPA

Plaintiffs allege Defendant Bank of America violated provisions of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act ("RESPA"). Specifically, Plaintiffs allege "Defendant accepted charges for the rendering of real estate services which were in fact charges for other than services actually performed" in violation of 12 U.S.C. § 2607(b) and "Defendant violated 12 USC [§] 2605 in its non-response to Plaintiff's lawfully-submitted [Qualified Written Request]." (Comp. ¶¶ 114, 116.)

Plaintiffs' claim for violation of § 2607 is not sufficiently pled to state a plausible claim for relief. Plaintiffs state in the Complaint that "the completely undisclosed [Yield Spread Premium] was not disclosed by Defendant in their broker contract, which contract was blank in the area as to fees to be paid to Defendant. This is an illegal kickback in violation of 12 USC sec. 2607[a] . . . ." (Id. at ¶ 83.) Plaintiffs further allege, "[b]y selling virtually worthless 'negotiable' paper at par or in the case of toxic waste paper, 2-5 times par, the enterprise defendant reaped profits in the hundreds of thousands of dollars on each such 'transaction.'" (Id. at ¶ 67.) Plaintiffs, however, fail to allege facts supporting a violation of either § 2607(a) or (b) specific to their mortgage.

Defendants further argue Plaintiffs' claim for violation of § 2605 cannot stand because the written documents sent by Plaintiffs did not constitute Qualified Written Requests ("QWR") within the meaning of 12 U.S.C. § 2605(e) because they related to the origination, rather than the servicing of the loan. Plaintiffs allege "[o]n or about February 21, 2009, Plaintiffs submitted to Countrywide a [QWR] under the provisions of [RESPA] in an attempt to ascertain what exactly had happened in their mortgage loan" and attach a copy of this document as Exhibit 1 to the Complaint. (Id. at ¶ 15, Ex. 1.) Plaintiffs further allege "[t]heir requests were ignored and/or denied in a 'blanket' refusal to answer any requests specifically" in a letter dated May 26, 2009. (Id. at ¶ 15.)However, Plaintiffs include as an exhibit to the Complaint a letter received in response to their submission, which addressed multiple of Plaintiffs' requests and questions and enclosed copies of multiple documents, including a payment history on Plaintiffs' mortgage. (Id. at Ex. 2.)

3. Violation of TILA

Plaintiffs allege Defendant Bank of America violated TILA and Regulation Z §§ 226.18(c), 18(d), and 22 by failing to disclose certain finance charges and calculating the annual percentage rate based upon improperly calculated and disclosed amounts. (Comp. ¶¶ 118-19.) Plaintiffs seek rescission in connection with this claim. (Id. at ¶ 120.) Defendants argue Plaintiffs' TILA claim is time-barred and, furthermore, Plaintiffs have failed to sufficiently plead a TILA claim.

A claim for rescission under TILA expires "three years after the date of consummation of the transaction or upon the sale of the property, whichever occurs first, notwithstanding the fact that the information and forms required under this section or any other disclosures required under this part have not been delivered to the obligor . . . ." 15 U.S.C. § 1635(f). Plaintiffs' loan closed in June 2006, (See MTD RJN Exs. A, D), and Plaintiffs filed the instant action in April 2010, more than three years later. (Doc. 1.) Because Section 1635(f) completely eliminates the right of rescission at the end of three years, Plaintiffs' claim for rescission under TILA is time-barred. Beach v. Ocwent Fed. Bank,- U.S. -, 118 S.Ct. 1408, 1413 (1998); Miguel v. Country Funding Corp., 309 F.3d 1161, 1164 (9th Cir. 2002).

4. Violation of FCRA

Plaintiffs' fourth claim for relief is against Defendant Bank of America for violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act ("FCRA"). (Comp. ¶¶ 121-28.) Plaintiffs allege Defendant "wrongfully, improperly, and illegally reported negative information as to the Plaintiff to one or more Credit Reporting Agencies." (Id. at ¶ 123.) Plaintiffs seek actual damages and punitive damages pursuant to 15 U.S.C. § 1681(o) and (n)(a)(2). (Id. at ¶¶ 127-28.) Plaintiffs fail to sufficiently plead a claim for violation of the FCRA that is plausible on its face. The only information Plaintiffs identify that was "wrongfully, improperly, and illegally" reported to the credit reporting agencies is the "excessive amount of debt into which Plaintiff was tricked and deceived into signing," which Plaintiffs themselves acknowledge they stopped making payments on. (Id. at ¶¶ 123-25.)

5. Fraudulent Misrepresentation

Defendants argue Plaintiffs' fraudulent misrepresentation claim against Defendant Bank of America is time-barred and is not pled with particularity. Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 9(b) requires a party alleging fraud or mistake to "state with particularity the circumstances constituting fraud or mistake" and is applied by a federal court to both federal law and state law claims. Vess v. Ciba-Geigy Corp. USA, 317 F.3d 1097, 1102-03 (9th Cir. 2003). A pleading will be "sufficient under Rule 9(b) if it identifies the circumstances of the alleged fraud so that the defendant can prepare an adequate answer." Fecht v. Price Co., 70 F.3d 1078, 1082 (9th Cir. 1995) (quotation omitted). The same is true for allegations of fraudulent conduct. Vess, 317 F.3d at 1103-04. In other words, fraud allegations must be accompanied by "the who, what, when, where, and how" of the misconduct charged. Id. at 1106 (quotation omitted). The elements of a fraud claim are false representation, knowledge of falsity, intent to defraud, justifiable reliance, and damages. Id. (quotation omitted). Although Plaintiffs allege each of these elements in the Complaint, they do not do so with the required specificity.

Defendants further argue Plaintiffs' fraudulent misrepresentation claim against Defendant Bank of America is time-barred. A three-year statute of limitations applies to an action for relief on the ground of fraud or mistake. Cal. Code Civ. Proc. §§ 335, 338(d) ("The periods prescribed for the commencement of actions other than for the recovery of real property, are as follows: [w]ithin three years: . . . (d) [a]n action for relief on the ground of fraud or mistake. The cause of action in that case is not deemed to have accrued until the discovery, by the aggrieved party, of the facts constituting the fraud or mistake.") Defendants assert, because Plaintiffs' claim is premised upon representations made and actions taken at the time the loan closed, the claim is untimely. In their opposition, Plaintiffs argue they "did not begin to discover the misrepresentations until long after the closing of the loan, and are still in the process of discovery . . . ." (Opp. at 16-17.) However, they do not make such allegations as to discovery in the Complaint.

6. Breach of Fiduciary Duty

Plaintiffs allege Defendant Bank of America, "by its actions in contracting to provide mortgage loan services and a loan program to Plaintiff which was not only to be best suited to the Plaintiff given their income and expenses but by which Plaintiff would also be able to satisfy their obligations without risk of losing their home, were 'fiduciaries' . . . ." (Comp. ¶ 137; see also id. at ¶ 85 ("Defendants were under numerous legal obligations as fiduciaries and had the responsibility for overseeing the purported loan consummation to insure that the consummation was legal, proper, and that Plaintiff received all legally required disclosures pursuant to the Truth-In-Lending Act and RESPA both before and after the closing.").) Defendants contend Plaintiffs fail to plead a claim for breach of fiduciary duty because a lender generally does not owe a fiduciary duty to a borrower. Defendants correctly cite Nymark v. Heart Federal Savings & Loan Association, 231 Cal. App. 3d 1089, 1093 n.1 (1991), for the general rule that the relationship between a lending institution and a borrower is not fiduciary in nature. A fiduciary relationship arises only where the lender takes on a special relationship with the borrower, and Plaintiffs fail to allege facts giving rise to a special relationship here.

7. Unjust Enrichment

Plaintiffs allege "Defendant [Bank of America] has been unjustly enriched at the expense of the Plaintiff, and maintenance of the enrichment would be contrary to the rules and principles of equity." (Comp. ¶ 144.) Unjust enrichment is not itself an independent claim for relief. McKell v. Washington Mut., Inc., 142 Cal. App. 4th 1457, 1490 (2006).The Court therefore construes Plaintiffs' purported claim for unjust enrichment as an attempt to plead a claim for relief giving rise to a right of restitution. A party is required to make restitution "if he or she is unjustly enriched at the expense of another. A person is enriched if the person receives a benefit at another's expense." McBride v. Boughton, 123 Cal. App. 4th 379, 389 (2004) (citations and quotations omitted). Plaintiffs fail, however, to adequately plead facts showing that any enrichment of Defendants was unjust as to them.

8. Civil Conspiracy

Plaintiffs claim Defendants Bank of America and ReconTrust Company, N.A. participated in a civil conspiracy and allege "[i]n connection with the application for and consummation of the mortgage loan . . . , Defendants agreed, between and among themselves, to engage in actions and a course of conduct designed to further an illegal act or accomplish a legal act by unlawful means, and to commit one or more overt acts in furtherance of the conspiracy to defraud the Plaintiff." (Comp. ¶ 148.) Plaintiffs further allege "all Defendants . . . conspired with each other to defraud the Plaintiff out of the proceeds of the loan; acted in concert to wrongfully deprive the Plaintiff of their residence; acted in concert and conspiracy to essentially steal the Plaintiff'[s] home and/or convert the Plaintiff'[s] home without providing Plaintiff reasonably equivalent value in exchange . . . ." (Id. at ¶ 98.) Civil conspiracy itself is not an independent claim for relief. Applied Equip. Corp. v. Litton Saudi Arabia Ltd., 7 Cal.4th 503, 510-11 (1994); see also Entm't Research Grp. Inc. v. Genesis Creative Grp., 122 F.3d 1211, 1228 (9th Cir. 1997). Rather, civil conspiracy is a "legal doctrine that imposes liability on persons who, although not actually committing a tort themselves, share with the immediate tortfeasors a common plan or design in its perpetration." Applied Equip., 7 Cal.4th at 510-11 (citation omitted).

Nonetheless, Plaintiffs fail to sufficiently plead a claim for relief for civil conspiracy in the Complaint. Plaintiffs merely recite the elements of civil conspiracy: 1) the formation and operation of the conspiracy, 2) wrongful conduct in furtherance of the conspiracy, and 3) damages arising from the wrongful conduct. Kidron v. Movie Acquisition Corp., 40 Cal. App. 4th 1571, 1581 (1995). Plaintiffs fail to allege facts sufficient to support a claim for conspiracy and, notably, do not include any facts specific to Defendant ReconTrust Company, N.A. in the Complaint at all. Accordingly, Plaintiffs civil conspiracy claim is dismissed as to all Defendants with leave to amend.

9. Civil RICO

In support of their claim for a civil violation of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act ("RICO") against all Defendants, Plaintiffs allege "Defendants' actions and use of multiple corporate entities, multiple parties, and concerted and predetermined acts and conduct specifically designed to defraud Plaintiff constitutes an 'enterprise', with the aim and objective of the enterprise being to perpetrate a fraud upon the Plaintiff through the use of intentional nondisclosure, material misrepresentation, and creation of fraudulent loan documents." (Comp. ¶ 156.) Plaintiffs do not adequately plead a civil RICO claim. To state a claim under RICO, a plaintiff must allege the existence of a RICO enterprise, the existence of a pattern of racketeering activity, a nexus between the defendant and either the pattern of racketeering activity or the RICO enterprise, and resulting injury to the plaintiff. Occupational-Urgent Care Health Sys., Inc. v. Sutro & Co., 711 F. Supp. 1016, 1021 (E.D. Cal. 1989). To allege a pattern of racketeering activity, a plaintiff must allege two or more predicate acts. Sun Sav. & Loan Ass'n v. Dierdorff, 825 F.2d 187, 193 (9th Cir. 1987). Such alleged acts must be pled with specificity. Blake v. Dierdorff, 856 F.2d 1365, 1370 (9th Cir. 1988). Furthermore, when the alleged racketeering activity sounds in fraud, as here, the complaint must "state with particularity the circumstances constituting fraud or mistake." In re Countrywide Fin. Corp. Mortg. Mktg. & Sales Prac. Lit., 601 F. Supp. 2d 1201, 1215 (S.D. Cal. 2009) (quoting Fed. R. Civ. P. 9(b)). To satisfy Rule 9(b) in this context, the plaintiff must "state the time, place, and specific content of the false representations as well as the identities of the parties to the misrepresentation." Id. (quotation and citation omitted). Plaintiffs here merely allege "[o]n information and belief and given the volume of residential loan transactions solicited and processed by the Defendants, the Defendants have engaged in two or more instances of racketeering activity involving different victims but utilizing the same method, means, mode, operation, and enterprise with the same intended result."

(Comp. ¶ 99.) Plaintiffs do not sufficiently plead the existence of a pattern of racketeering activity, nor do they sufficiently plead the existence of an enterprise under 18 U.S.C. § 1961(4). See Odom v. Microsoft Corp., 486 F.3d 541, 552 (9th Cir. 2007) ("To establish the existence of . . . an enterprise, a plaintiff must provide both evidence of an ongoing organization, formal or informal, and evidence that the various associates function as a continuing unit." (internal quotation omitted)). Plaintiffs' civil RICO claim is therefore dismissed as to all Defendants with leave to amend.

10. Quiet Title

To state a claim to quiet title, the complaint must be verified and a plaintiff must include a description of the subject property, the title of the plaintiff as to which determination is sought and the basis of the title, the claims adverse to the title, the date as of which the determination is sought, and a prayer for determination of the title against the adverse claims. Cal. Code Civ. Proc. § 761.020. Plaintiffs allege "each of the Defendants claim or might claim an interest in the property adverse to plaintiff herein." (Comp. ¶ 165.) Plaintiffs, however, fail to allege the nature of the adverse claims and fail to identify the date as of which the determination is sought. Accordingly, Plaintiffs' claim to quiet title is dismissed as to all Defendants with leave to amend.

11. Usury and Fraud

Plaintiffs assert a claim for relief for usury and fraud as to all Defendants. (Comp. ¶¶ 168-176.) Defendants argue "[t]he California Constitution expressly exempts certain transactions and lenders, such as banks and credit unions from its provisions. Because Plaintiffs' loan was originated by Countrywide Bank, N.A., a bank, their loan was expressly exempted from usury laws." (MTD at 20.) Plaintiffs allege "no bank or other financial institution actually performing under the standards, rules and regulations governing such institutions was the 'lender' which is the basis for Plaintiff's cause of action for usury . . . ." (Comp. ¶ 13.) "The essential elements of usury are: (1) The transaction must be a loan or forbearance; (2) the interest to be paid must exceed the statutory maximum; (3) the loan and interest must be absolutely repayable by the borrower; and (4) the lender must have a willful intent to enter into a usurious transaction." Ghirardo v. Antonioli, 8 Cal.4th 791, 798 (1994).Plaintiffs allege "[t]he 'formula rate' referenced in those laws was exceeded by a factor in excess of 10 . . . ." (Comp. ¶ 174.) Plaintiffs, however, fail to sufficiently allege how the interest itself received by Defendants exceeded the statutory maximum rate. Accordingly, Plaintiffs' claim for usury and fraud is dismissed as to all Defendants with leave to amend.

12. Wrongful Foreclosure/Sale

Plaintiffs claim Defendants were not properly authorized to foreclose upon the subject property or to sell the subject property pursuant to a foreclosure sale. (Comp. ¶¶ 177-82.) Plaintiffs allege their mortgage was securitized and, therefore, Defendants are not entitled to foreclose upon their property because they cannot show a full chain of title. (Id. at ¶¶ 33, 36.) Plaintiffs' claim, however, is belied by the language of their Deed of Trust and California's foreclosure statutes. (MTD RJN Ex. D.) California Civil Code § 2924 sets forth the requirements for conducting non-judicial foreclosure proceedings and is intended to be exhaustive. See Moeller v. Lien, 25 Cal. App. 4th 822, 830 (1994); Homestead Sav. v. Darmiento, 230 Cal. App. 3d 424, 432-33 (1991).A trustee has authority to conduct a non-judicial foreclosure proceeding. Cal. Civ. Code § 2924(a)(1). Furthermore, it is well-settled that California law does not require production of the note as a condition to proceeding with a non-judicial foreclosure proceeding. See id.; Quintos v. Decision One Mortg. Co., No. 08cv1757 JM (POR), 2008 WL 5411636, at *3 (S.D. Cal. Dec. 29, 2008); Tina v. Countrywide Home Loans, Inc., No. 08cv1233 JM (NLS), 2008 WL 4790906, at *7-8 (S.D. Cal. Oct. 30, 2008); see also Harrington v. Home Capital Funding, Inc., No. 08cv1579 BTM (RBB), 2009 WL 514254, at * 4 (S.D. Cal. Mar. 2, 2009). Accordingly, Plaintiffs' claim for wrongful foreclosure and sale is dismissed as to all Defendants with leave to amend.

IV. CONCLUSION

For the reasons stated above, Defendants' motion to dismiss is granted in its entirety. Plaintiffs may file an amended complaint consistent with this Order within twenty (20) days of the date this Order is posted. In light of the Court's disposition of Defendants' motion to dismiss, Defendants' motion for a more definite statement is denied as moot.*fn2

IT IS SO ORDERED.


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