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Dennly R. Becker; the Becker Trust Dated March 25, 1991 v. Wells Fargo Bank

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


October 27, 2011

DENNLY R. BECKER; THE BECKER TRUST DATED MARCH 25, 1991, PLAINTIFFS,
v.
WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A., INC.; ET AL. DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Kendall J. Newman United States Magistrate Judge

ORDER

Plaintiffs Dennly Becker ("Becker") and the Becker Trust Dated March 25, 1991, ("Becker Trust") (collectively, the "plaintiff"*fn1 ) are proceeding without counsel in this action.*fn2 Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., and Wachovia Mortgage Corporation are the named defendants in this case (collectively, "defendants").

Plaintiff's Motion for Reconsideration (Dkt. No. 59) is currently pending before District Judge Karlton. At a recent hearing regarding that motion, Judge Karlton gave the parties additional time to further brief the issue of preemption. (Dkt. No. 81.) After the hearing, Judge Karlton issued an order clarifying that defendants' additional briefing shall be filed by November 9, 2011, and that plaintiff's additional reply briefing shall be filed by November 23, 2011. (Dkt. No. 82.)

Plaintiff's Motion to Amend his pleading and request to file a Third Amended Complaint is currently pending before the undersigned. (Dkt. No. 70.) Plaintiff's Motion to Amend is set to be heard on November 17, 2011. (Id. at 1.) Plaintiff's proposed amendments include state law claims. In particular, the Motion to Amend seeks leave to add new claims and allegations, including "facts and claims" for "Improper Foreclosure Process, Negligent Infliction of Emotional Stress," a "part B of the RICO claim," "Defamation," "Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress," a "RESPA claim," "false promise and promissory estoppel," "breach of contracts," "intentional infliction of emotional distress," a "California Unfair Competition Law" claim, a claim for violation of "Cal. Civ. Code § 2923.6 and 12 C.F.R. § 560.101," an "Elder Abuse" claim, and a claim based on "uncertainty with respect to the power of sale clause in the deeds of trust." (Dkt. No. 70 at 1-4.)

The resolution of plaintiff's Motion for Reconsideration will address issues of federal preemption and will directly impact plaintiff's pending Motion to Amend: the Motion to Amend seeks to add various state law claims to this case. Given that the parties will submit additional briefing addressing preemption through November 23, 2011 (Dkt. No. 82), it would be premature to conduct a hearing on plaintiff's Motion to Amend on November 17, 2011.

Accordingly, the November 17, 2011 hearing date currently set for plaintiff's Motion to Amend (Dkt. No. 70) is hereby vacated. After plaintiff's Motion for Reconsideration is fully resolved, and depending on the outcome of that Motion, plaintiff may either re-notice his Motion to Amend (Dkt. No. 70) for a new hearing date or file a different motion to amend his pleading.

For the foregoing reasons, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT:

1. The hearing regarding plaintiff's Motion to Amend (Dkt. No. 70), currently set for November 17, 2011, is hereby vacated pending the complete resolution of plaintiff's Motion for Reconsideration (Dkt. No. 59).

2. Following the complete resolution of plaintiff's Motion for Reconsideration (Dkt. No. 59), and depending on how that motion is resolved, if plaintiff wishes to proceed with his Motion to Amend (Dkt. No. 70), plaintiff may re-notice that Motion and set a new hearing date or file a different motion to amend.

IT IS SO ORDERED.


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