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Young v. Third and Mission Associates, LLC

United States District Court, N.D. California

September 30, 2014

FANYA YOUNG, Plaintiff,
v.
THIRD AND MISSION ASSOCIATES, LLC, et al., Defendants.

ORDER DENYING MOTION FOR SANCTIONS, GRANTING MOTION TO DISMISS, AND VACATING HEARING

WILLIAM ALSUP, District Judge.

INTRODUCTION

In this landlord-tenant dispute, the tenant has moved for sanctions and the landlord has moved to dismiss. For the reasons stated herein, the motion for sanctions is DENIED. The motion to dismiss is GRANTED. The October 9 hearing is hereby VACATED.

STATEMENT

A prior order recounted the history of this action so it will not be repeated herein (Dkt. No. 33). In brief, this is a landlord-tenant dispute involving rent payments. The landlord brought an unlawful detainer action in state court and prevailed. Specifically, the landlord and tenant entered a stipulation setting forth a payment plan, which the tenant then allegedly violated. The state court entered judgment against the tenant and in favor of the landlord. The tenant moved to dismiss the state court proceeding, arguing, inter alia, that she resided in a "subsidized apartment, " the landlord violated "federal notice requirements, " and the landlord "charged unwarranted late fees." The tenant's motions were denied. The state court found that the tenant failed to show that her tenancy was governed by federal notice requirements, failed to provide any evidence that the landlord failed to comply with the notice requirements, and dismissal was not warranted. The judgment became final and no timely appeal was filed. An eviction was scheduled.

The tenant, Attorney Fanya Young, then began this action in federal court. Two hearings occurred and the tenant was heard on both occasions. The tenant was then given time to depose a non-party and conduct some discovery. Her motion for a preliminary injunction was denied.

Now, the tenant moves for sanctions and seeks attorney's fees, expenses, costs, $5, 000 for her bond, and $15, 000 for "willful misrepresentations." The landlord moves to dismiss the complaint. No response to the landlord's motion was timely filed, even though the motion was mailed to the address then provided in ECF and electronically notified of the filing via an email to an email address provided in ECF. In any event, the tenant was given another chance to respond. No opposition was filed, but the tenant, without obtaining leave to do so, filed a "first amended complaint." The proposed first amended complaint was incomplete, cutting off on page 21. Also appended were voluminous exhibits, for a total submission of 151 pages, which the Court has reviewed. The tenant's submission was improper, nevertheless, this order will consider it. The time to oppose the motion to dismiss has elapsed.

ANALYSIS

1. MOTION FOR SANCTIONS.

The tenant's motion is procedurally defective because Attorney Young failed to comply with Rule 11(c)(2). That failure precludes her from obtaining a sanctions award. Radcliffe v. Rainbow Construction Company, 254 F.3d 772, 789 (9th Cir. 2001). In addition, the hodgepodge of documents submitted do not show that any misrepresentations occurred. The tenant also failed to provide any proof supporting the unspecified amount of fees, expenses, and costs sought. Accordingly, the motion is DENIED.

2. MOTION TO DISMISS.

A. Fair Credit Reporting Act.

The complaint fails to contain sufficient factual matter, accepted as true, to state a Fair Credit Reporting Act ("FCRA") claim that is plausible on its face. Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 556 U.S. 662, 678 (2009). All of the references to the FCRA in the complaint are conclusory or in error. Indeed, the sections cited in the complaint appear in the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, not the FCRA. The FCRA claim is DISMISSED.

The proposed first amended complaint, which plaintiff filed without obtaining leave to do so, fails to state a claim under the FCRA. ...


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