IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
January 30, 2012
JANELL GOMES, PLAINTIFF,
MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC. ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Gregory G. Hollows United States Magistrate Judge
Presently pending before the court is defendants Mortgage Electronic Registrations Systems, Inc. ("MERS") and Bank of America, N.A., as successor by merger with BAC Home Loans Servicing, LP's ("BANA") motion to dismiss plaintiff's first amended complaint pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(6), scheduled for hearing on February 2, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. before the undersigned. (Dkt. No. 14.) Plaintiff filed an opposition and defendants filed a reply. (Dkt. Nos. 18, 19.) In her papers, plaintiff requested that the motion be determined without oral argument or that she be permitted to appear at the hearing via telephone. (Dkt. No. 18.)
After reviewing the papers submitted, the court determines that oral argument would be of assistance to the court. The court also notes that plaintiff resides locally in Citrus Heights, California.*fn1 Therefore, plaintiff's request to appear via telephone will be denied, and plaintiff will be required to appear at the hearing in person.
Accordingly, IT IS ORDERED that plaintiff's request for defendants' motion to dismiss to be determined without oral argument or for a telephonic appearance at the hearing on the motion is DENIED.