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Motion to Vacate Foreclosure-Case

Motion to Vacate Foreclosure-Case

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IN
THEDELAWARECOUNTY
COURTOF
COMMONPLEAS
CIVILDIVISION
DEUTSCHEBANKNA
TL.
TRUST
CO.)
)
Plaintiff,)
)
-vs.-
)
)
ROBERT
SLAYTON,etal.)
)
Defendants.)CASENO.:08CVE091219
JUDGE:KRUEGER
DEFENDANT'SMOTION
TO
VACATE
Now
comesDefendant,RobertSlayton("Defendant"),byandthroughhisundersignedcounsel,andforhismotiontovacatethisCourt'sAugust26,2010judgmententrygrantingPlaintiffDeutscheBankNationalTrust
Co's
("Plaintiff')motionforsummaryjudgmentonthebasis
of
theSupremeCourt'sOctober31,2012holdingin
FederalHomeLoanMortgageCorporation
v.
Schwartzwald,2012-0hio-5017.
Respectfullysubmitted,
MILLS,MILLS,FIELY&LUCAS,LLC
lsi
JohnSherrod
JOHNSHERROD(0078598)503SouthFrontStreet,Ste.240Columbus,Ohio43215614.754.7076330.336.7956fax
i
sherrodCG>mlnfllaw.com
CounselforDefendant
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MemorandumInSupportIntroductoryStatement
Asaninitialmatter,DefendantfreelyacknowledgesthatPlaintifffiledthislawsuitin2008,andmuchlitigationhassinceensued,includinganappealandmotionforrelieffromjudgmentpursuanttoCiv.R.60(B).Thisdoesnot,however,changethefactthattheCourtdidnothavejurisdictiontohearthismatteronSeptember10,2008,thedatePlaintifffiledtheforeclosurecomplaint,oratanypointthereafter,withoutPlaintiffhavingfirstbeenassignedthemortgageinquestion.
I.RelevantFactualBackground
1.OnSeptember10,2008,Plaintifffiledtheforeclosurecomplaintinthisaction.2.As
of
September10,2008,themortgageatissuehadnotbeenassignedfromwhoeverthepreviousholder/ownerwas,toPlaintiffherein.3.OnAugust2,2010,Plaintifffiledanotice
of
assignment
of
mortgage,whichattachedacopy
of
arecordedassignment
of
Defendant'smortgagetoPlaintiff.("TheAssignment,"attachedheretoasExh."A").4.PlaintiffrecordedtheAssignmentonSeptember18,2008,oreightdaysafterthefiling
of
theforeclosurelawsuit.5.OnAugust26,2010,theCourtgrantedPlaintiffsmotionforsummaryjudgmentandenteredadecree
of
foreclosureagainstDefendant.
II.LawandArgument
In
FederalHomeLoanMortgageCorporation
v.
Schwarzwald,etal.,
acaserecentlydecidedbytheSupremeCourt,plaintiffbankbroughtaforeclosurelawsuitbeforeitobtainedan
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assignment
of
themortgagesecuring
defendant
homeowners'
loan.
Defendants
maintainedthat
plaintifflackedstandingtosue(muchasDefendantpreviouslycontendedinthiscase)becausetheassignment
of
mortgagehadnotbeenrecordedpriortothefiling
of
thelawsuit.Plaintiffwasassignedthemortgageviaformalassignment,ashere,only
after
thefiling
of
thelawsuit.Thetrialcourtenteredsummaryjudgmentinfavor
of
plaintiff,andtheSecondDistrictCourt
of
Appealsaffirmed.TheSupremeCourtreversed,holdingthatstandingisajurisdictionalrequirementthatmustbesatisfiedtoeveninitiateaforeclosurelawsuit:
Werecognized
that
standing
isa
'jurisdictional
requirement'
in
Stateexrei.Dallman
v,
FranklinCty.Court
of
CommonPleas
(1973),35OhioSt.2d176,
and
westated:
'It
isanelementaryconceptoflaw
that
a
party
lacksstanding
toinvokethejurisdiction
of
thecourt
unlesshehas,inanindividual
or
representativecapacity,some
real
interestin
the
subject
matter
of
the
action.'(Emphasis
added
by
theCourt).
(Schwarzwald,
attachedheretoasExh.
"B"
atpara.22).Further,theCourtstated,"Becausestandingtosueisrequiredtoinvokethejurisdiction
of
thecommonpleascourt,'standingistobedeterminedasofthecommencement
of
suit.'"
Id.
atpara.24.Invokingjurisdiction
of
thecourt,thus,dependsonthestate
of
thingsatthetimetheactionisbrought,andnotafter.
ld.
atpara.25.InreversingtheSecondDistrict,theSupremeCourtconcluded:
The
lack
of
standing
at
thecommencementofaforeclosureactionrequiresdismissalof
the
complaint[.]
ld.
atpara.40(Emphasisadded).Here,inaccordancewiththeSupremeCourt,whenPlaintifffiledthislawsuitonSeptember10,2008,itdidnothave"standingtoinvokethejurisdiction
of
thecourt,"becauseithadnotyetbeenassignedthemortgage,anditcouldnotcurethislack
of
standingthroughthe
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