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Sharp v. Nationstar Mortgage, LLC

United States District Court, N.D. California, San Jose Division

September 3, 2014

TODD SHARP and MARIA SHARP, individuals, Plaintiffs,
v.
NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE, LLC, and unknown business entity; AURORA COMMERCIAL CORP., an unknown business entity; and DOES 1 through 25, inclusive, Defendants.

ORDER GRANTING DEFENDANT'S MOTION TO DISMISS

LUCY H. KOH, District Judge.

Plaintiffs Todd Sharp and Maria Sharp ("the Sharps") allege that Defendants Nationstar Mortgage, LLC ("Nationstar") and Aurora Commercial Corp. ("Aurora") (collectively, "Defendants") engaged in predatory lending practices to Plaintiffs' detriment. Before the Court is Defendants' Motion to Dismiss. ECF No. 11. The Motion has been fully briefed. The Court finds the matter suitable for decision without oral argument under Civil Local Rule 7-1(b) and VACATES the hearing set for September 4, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. Having considered the submissions of the parties and relevant law, the Court GRANTS Defendants' Motion to Dismiss without prejudice for the reasons stated below.

I. BACKGROUND

A. Factual Background

On or around September 27, 2006, the Sharps took out a $997, 500 loan from Blue Adobe Financial Services, Inc. ("Blue Adobe") secured by a deed of trust against real property located at 25011 Hidden Mesa Court, Monterey, California ("the property"). ("SAC") ECF No. 8 ¶¶ 1, 10-11.

1. Foreclosure Timeline

Due to the Sharps' failure to stay current on the loan, Cal-Western Reconveyance recorded a notice of default on June 17, 2009. Id. ¶¶ 13-14. On November 15, 2010, the deed of trust was assigned to Aurora. ECF No. 11-2 at 8. After the Sharps failed to cure the delinquency, a notice of trustee's sale was recorded on December 15, 2010, setting a sale date of January 4, 2011. Id. at 5. The sale did not proceed, however, and on June 28, 2012, Aurora assigned the deed of trust to Nationstar. Id. at 12; SAC ¶ 26.

A second notice of trustee's sale was recorded on December 18, 2012, setting a sale date of January 15, 2013. ECF No. 11-2 at 15. The property was eventually sold at public auction on March 5, 2013, at which time it reverted to Nationstar. Id. at 18-19.

After purchasing the property, Nationstar filed an unlawful detainer action against the Sharps in Monterey County Superior Court on March 28, 2013. ECF No. 11-3 at 8; SAC ¶ 28. On July 2, 2013, the state court entered judgment against the Sharps and in favor of Nationstar, and issued a writ of possession. ECF No. 11-3 at 27; ECF No. 11-4 at 2.

2. The Sharps' Allegations

The Sharps allege that sometime prior to February 2009, the Sharps contacted Aurora and requested an alternative to foreclosure. SAC ¶¶ 17-18. On February 17, 2009, following a series of agreements written on Aurora letterhead, the Sharps began making payments to Aurora to avoid foreclosure and to help the Sharps earn the right to refinance. Id. The Sharps allege that these written agreements were intended as foreclosure prevention alternatives. Id. ¶ 21. The Sharps also allege that in return for these payments, Aurora promised to modify the Sharps' loan. Id. ¶¶ 18, 22.

On November 24, 2010, Aurora returned the Sharps' most recent payment and notified the Sharps that the payment did not make the loan current, that the Sharps' had no arrangement with Aurora to bring the loan current, and thus that the loan would be referred to foreclosure. Id. ¶ 23.

The Sharps now bring six causes of action against Defendants: (1) intentional misrepresentation; (2) negligent misrepresentation; (3) breach of contract; (4) breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing; (5) promissory estoppel; and (6) negligence. Id. at 5-12. The Sharps also bring two additional causes of action against Aurora only ...


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