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Dennly R. Becker, et al v. Wells Fargo Bank

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


September 18, 2012

DENNLY R. BECKER, ET AL., PLAINTIFF,
v.
WELLS FARGO BANK, NA, INC., ET AL., DEFENDANTS.

ORDER

On August 22, 2012, the magistrate judge filed findings and recommendations herein which were served on the parties and which contained notice that any objections to the findings and recommendations were to be filed within fourteen days. No objections were filed.

Accordingly, the court presumes that any findings of fact are correct. See Orand v. United States, 602 F.2d 207, 208 (9th Cir. 1979). The magistrate judge's conclusions of law are reviewed de novo. See Britt v. Simi Valley Unified School Dist., 708 F.2d 452, 454 (9th Cir. 1983).

The court has reviewed the applicable legal standards and, good cause appearing, concludes that it is appropriate to adopt the Proposed Findings and Recommendations in full.

Accordingly, IT IS ORDERED that:

1. The Proposed Findings and Recommendations filed August 22, 2012, are ADOPTED;

2. Plaintiff's motion for leave to amend (Dkt. No. 97) is granted in part and denied in part, and that, specifically, plaintiff is granted leave to pursue the following, narrowed claims alleged in the proposed Third Amended Complaint (Dkt. No. 98):

a. Plaintiff's first claim for relief, alleging fraud;

b. Plaintiff's second claim for relief, alleging promissory fraud, albeit labeled as a claim for "promissory estopple [sic]";

c. Plaintiff's third claim for relief, alleging violations of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, 12 U.S.C. §§ 2605 et seq.;

d. Plaintiff's seventh claim for relief, alleging defamation;

e. Plaintiff's eighth claim for relief, alleging negligence and negligent misrepresentation claims only insofar as that combined claim concerns: (i) defendants' alleged representations during the loan modification application process, and (ii) defendants' negligent acts of noticing a trustee's sale of two of plaintiff's properties in violation of the court's preliminary injunction;

f. Plaintiff's ninth claim for relief, alleging violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, 18 U.S.C. § 1962, based upon allegations of fraudulent statements made in connection with the loan modification process;

g. Plaintiff's tenth claim for relief, alleging intentional infliction of emotional distress only insofar as it relates to defendants' violation of the preliminary injunction in this case; and

h. Plaintiff's thirteenth claim for relief, alleging violations of California's Unfair Competition Law, Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code §§ 17200 et seq., is permitted to proceed to the extent that plaintiff is granted leave to amend his other claims.

3. Plaintiff's motion for leave to amend is denied in all other respects.

4. Plaintiff's proposed Third Amended Complaint found at docket entry 98 is deemed the operative complaint, as narrowed above.

5. Defendants shall file an answer or other response to plaintiff's Third Amended Complaint within 14 days from the date of this order.

6. Defendants' request for the involuntary dismissal of plaintiff's case is denied.

7. Defendants' motion to dismiss the Second Amended Complaint (Dkt. No. 71) is denied as moot.

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