McKenna v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., No. 11-1650 (1st Cir. 2012)Annotate this Case
McKenna and his wife, Suzette, refinanced with Wells Fargo, to help pay for his children's college education and granted a mortgage on their residence. On the same day, Wells Fargo provided the McKennas with a disclosure form stating the loan amount and terms. The mortgage was recorded. McKenna died; Suzette fell behind on payments. Under Massachusetts law, if a mortgage contains a "power of sale" (the McKenna mortgage did), the mortgagee may foreclose, without a judgment ordering sale, after a "limited judicial procedure" to establish that the mortgagor is not a member of the armed forces. Wells Fargo successfully brought such a proceeding and sent Suzette a notice of foreclosure sale. Suzette countered by asserting a right to rescind and filing suit to preclude the sale. She claimed that Wells Fargo had provided only one Truth in Lending disclosure statement at the time of the loan rather than two copies, and had understated the finance charge in its Truth in Lending statement by "more than $35.00." The district court dismissed. The First Circuit affirmed. The suit was not timely under the federal Truth in Lending Act, 15 U.S.C. 1635(a), and the complaint did not state claims under the equivalent state law.