Donahue v. Federal National Mortgage Ass'n, No. 19-1618 (1st Cir. 2020)Annotate this Case
The First Circuit dismissed Appellant's appeal from a grant of summary judgment to Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC in her suit in the District of Massachusetts against Ocwen and the Government National Mortgage Association (GNMA) for lack of appellate jurisdiction, holding that this court lacked jurisdiction under the circumstances of this case.
In her notice of appeal, Appellant sought review of only the grant of summary judgment to Ocwen on Count III of her complaint. The First Circuit issued an order to show cause stating that the orders appealed from did not appear to be final or appealable on an interlocutory basis and that the Court did not appear to have jurisdiction absent certification pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 54(b). Thereafter, Appellant filed a notice of voluntary dismissal of her claims against GNMA, but the district court did not enter any further orders or judgments, and Appellant did not file a new notice of appeal. Appellant then filed a response to the show cause order. The First Circuit dismissed the appeal for lack of jurisdiction, holding that Appellant filed the notice of appeal before the decision below was final and did not correct her mistake.
The court issued a subsequent related opinion or order on November 12, 2020.