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Mendez v. Selene Finance LP

United States District Court, C.D. California

February 22, 2018

SERAFIN MENDEZ, an individual, Plaintiff,
v.
SELENE FINANCE LP, a Delaware corporation; THE WOLF FIRM, a California Corporation; and DOES 1-100, INCLUSIVE, Defendants.

          ORDER GRANTING DEFENDANT'S MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT [50]

          OTIS D. WRIGHT, II UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE.

         I. INTRODUCTION

         Defendant Selene Finance LP (“Selene”), together with Defendant M&T Bank move for summary judgment on all of Plaintiff Serafin Mendez's (“Plaintiff”) negligence claim. (Mot., ECF No. 50; Joinder Not. Motion, ECF No. 57.) Selene argues that there are no genuine issues of material fact and Plaintiff failed to provide evidence of either a breach of duty or any damages. (Id. at 1.) For the reasons discussed below, the Court GRANTS Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment in its entirety as to both Selene and M&T Bank. (ECF No. 50.)[1]

         II. FACTUAL BACKGROUND

         On February 20, 2013, Plaintiff borrowed $451, 668.00 (the “Loan”) and executed a promissory note secured by a Deed of Trust encumbering real property located in Lancaster, California (the “Property”). (Second Am. Compl. (“SAC”) ¶¶ 13-14, ECF No. 32; Def.'s Statement of Uncontroverted Facts (“SUF”) ¶ 1, ECF No. 50-1.) The Deed of Trust was also recorded on February 20, 2013, and named Pacificbanc Mortgage as the beneficiary. (SUF ¶ 1-2.) Sometime in 2014, Plaintiff defaulted on her payments on the loan, and the foreclosure trustee recorded a Notice of Default (“NOD”) on September 17, 2014. (SUF ¶¶ 3-4.) The NOD provided that as of September 16, 2014, the default amount due was $32, 347.67. (SUF ¶ 5.)

         Plaintiff made no Loan payments in 2014 and then made a total of $23, 327.49 in Loan payments in 2015. (SUF ¶¶ 6-7.) Plaintiff paid this amount over the course of four payments, as follows: (1) $10, 000.00 on February 3, 2015; $3, 331.49 on March 2, 2015; (3) $6, 664.00 on April 24, 2015; and $3, 332.00 on June 8, 2015. (SUF ¶ 8.) The payments made in 2015 were insufficient to reinstate the Loan and bring it current. (SUF ¶ 9.) On August 20, 2015, the trustee recorded the Notice of Trustee's Sale (“NOS”). (SUF ¶ 10.) On October 3, 2016, the servicing of the Loan transferred to Selene. (SUF ¶ 11.) As of that date, the Loan was due for the August 2014 payment. (SUF ¶ 12.) A foreclosure sale of the Property took place on June 13, 2017. (SUF ¶ 23.)

         Plaintiff filed his original complaint in the Los Angeles Superior Court on November 17, 2016, alleging causes of action for negligence, violation of California Civil Code § 2923.6, accounting, and violation of California's Unfair Competition Law (“UCL”) against Selene and the Wolf Firm.[2] (ECF No. 1-1.) Selene removed the case to this Court from the Los Angeles Superior Court on December 19, 2016. (Not. Removal, ECF No. 1.) On December 27, 2016, Selene moved to dismiss the Complaint. (ECF No. 7.) The Court granted the Defendant's motion in its entirety on February 7, 2017, but also granted Plaintiff leave to amend with regard to his UCL and negligence claims. (ECF No. 16.) Plaintiff filed the SAC on May 2, 2017, alleging a single negligence claim based on Selene's failure to credit $23, 327.49 to his account.[3] (See generally SAC.) In the SAC, Plaintiff added M&T Bank as a named defendant. (Id. ¶ 4.)

         Selene propounded written discovery on Plaintiff on August 10, 2017, including Requests for Admissions. (SUF ¶ 13.) Plaintiff did not respond. (SUF ¶ 14.) Plaintiff also failed to respond to Selene's meet-and-confer letter sent on October 20, 2017. (Id.) On November 7, 2017, Selene moved for summary judgment. (ECF No. 50.) On December 13, 2017, Defendant M&T Bank joined in Selene's Motion. (Not. Joinder, ECF No. 57.) Plaintiffs did not file opposition.

         III. LEGAL STANDARD

         Summary judgment is appropriate when “there is no genuine dispute as to any material fact and the movant is entitled to judgment as a matter of law.” Fed.R.Civ.P. 56(a). The initial burden rests with the movant to demonstrate the absence of a fact or facts necessary for one or more essential element of the claim for which summary judgment is sought. Celotex Corp. v. Catrett, 477 U.S. 317, 323 (1986).

         Once this initial burden is met, responsibility shifts to the non-moving party to establish specific facts demonstrating the existence of a genuine issue of fact for trial. Id. at 330. In so doing, the non-moving party must make more than “conclusory allegations.” Lujan v. Nat'l Wildlife Fed'n, 498 U.S. 871, 888 (1990). They cannot simply rely upon the pleadings. Id. at 902. If the non-moving party fails to make a showing to establish the existence of all elements essential to the party's case for which he bears the burden of proof, then summary judgment should be granted to the moving party. Id. at 884.

         When deciding the outcome of a motion for summary judgment, “the inferences to be drawn from the underlying facts . . . must be viewed in the light most favorable to the party opposing the motion.” Matsushita Elec. Indus. Co. v. Zenith Radio Corp., 475 U.S. 574, 587 (1986) (citation omitted). The Court looks at the facts presented by the non-moving party, as well as all undisputed facts, to make a determination of whether the moving party is entitled to judgment as a matter of law. T.W. Elec. Serv., Inc. v. Pac. Elec. Contractors Ass'n, 809 F.2d 626, 631 (9th Cir. 1987). If the Court determines that no rational trier of fact could find for the nonmoving party on the claims at issue, then summary judgment is appropriate. Matsushita, 475 U.S. at 587.

         The Court may not grant a motion for summary judgment on the basis that the non-moving party fails to oppose it. See Cristobal v. Siegal, 26 F.3d 1488, 1494-95 & n.4 (9th Cir. 1994). “However, when the opposing party fails to challenge the facts asserted by the moving party . . . the Court may consider the facts undisputed (or ‘deemed admitted') for purposes of the motion[.]” Acevado v. City of Anaheim, No. 8:14-cv-01147-ODW(E), 2016 WL 79786, at *3 (C.D. Cal. Jan. 6, 2016). Accordingly, the Court may grant summary judgment where the “undisputed facts, the motion, and its supporting papers” demonstrate that the movants are entitled to it. Id.

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