UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
February 26, 2013
THOMAS H. BILLINGSLEA,
Bankruptcy No. SD 11-11223-PB13
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Irma E. GONZALEZUnited States District Judge
ORDER DENYING APPELLANT'S
EX PARTE MOTION FOR STAY
[Doc. No. 19.]
This case comes before the Court on an appeal from an order of the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of California. [See Doc. No. 1.] On February 14, 2013, Appellant filed an ex parte motion for the imposition of a stay in the bankruptcy court preventing the proposed February 19, 2013 foreclosure sale of Appellant's home. [Doc. No. 19.] For the reasons below, Appellant's motion is DENIED.
"When deciding whether to issue a discretionary stay pending a bankruptcy appeal, courts use the following four factors: (1) Movant's likelihood of success on the merits of the appeal; (2) significant and/or irreparable harm that will come to Movant absent a stay; (3) harm to the adverse party if a stay is granted; and (4) where the public interest lies." In re North Plaza, LLC, 395 B.R. 113, 119 (S.D. Cal. 2008). Though these factors ostensibly mirror the standard for preliminary injunctions, the Ninth Circuit's "sliding scale" preliminary injunction approach does not apply.*fn1
Id. Rather, on the present motion, Appellant bears the burden of "show[ing] that it is more likely than not they will succeed on the merits, whatever the possibility of irreparable injury." Id.
Appellant makes no attempt whatsoever to show any likelihood of success on the merits, [see Doc. No. 19], and thus Appellant fails to carry her burden on the present motion to stay. Id. Moreover, even under the more lenient preliminary injunction standard, Appellant's showing falls short. "[I]n the absence of a likelihood of success on the merits, loss of property alone is not sufficient for a TRO." Jones v. H.S.B.C. (USA), 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 574, at *4-5 (S.D. Cal. Jan. 4, 2012.) And "it is not in the public interest to delay a foreclosure and afford relief to those deserving security on a defaulted loan." Beutel v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 121486, at *17 (N.D. Cal. Oct. 20, 2011) (citing Wilson v. Wells Fargo Bank, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 86611, at *8 (N.D. Cal. Aug. 5, 2011)). Thus, even if losing one's home qualifies as irreparable harm and the balance of hardships tips toward Appellant, the utter lack of any showing of success on the merits dooms the present motion to stay. See Johnson v. California State Bd. of Accountancy, 72 F.3d 1427, 1430 (9th Cir. 1995) ("'[E]ven if the balance of hardships tips decidedly in favor of the moving party, it must be shown as an irreducible minimum that there is a fair chance of success on the merits.'").
For the foregoing reasons, Appellant's motion is DENIED.
IT IS SO ORDERED.