Przybylski v. Wells Fargo Bank NA et al, No. 2:2011cv01708 - Document 22 (D. Ariz. 2011)

Court Description: ORDER: Appellant's 8 Objection to Foreclosure Sale and Motion to Set Aside Sale and to Stay Final Judgment Pending Appeal is denied. See order for complete details. Signed by Judge Neil V Wake on 11/01/11. (NKS)
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Przybylski v. Wells Fargo Bank NA et al 1 Doc. 22 WO 2 3 4 5 6 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 7 FOR THE DISTRICT OF ARIZONA 8 In Re: 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 ) ) Bernard John Przybylski, Jr., ) ) Debtor, ) ) ) Bernard John Przybylski, Jr., ) ) Appellant, ) ) vs. ) ) ) Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.; Edward J.) Maney, ) ) Appellees. ) No. CV-11-01708-PHX-NVW ORDER 18 Before the Court is Appellant’s Objection to Foreclosure Sale and Motion to Set 19 Aside Sale and to Stay Final Judgment Pending Appeal (Doc. 8). At a hearing on August 12, 20 2011 before the Bankruptcy Court, Wells Fargo and Tiffany and Bosco’s motions to dismiss 21 were granted on the basis that Przybylski’s claims were barred by res judicata. In light of the 22 dismissal of his claims, Przybylski requested that the trustee’s sale, which was scheduled to 23 take place August 15, 2011, would not “happen until after [Przybylski’s] appeal.” (Doc. 8 24 at 20.) The Bankruptcy Court agreed to “grant that request[,]” stating that there was to be 25 “no sale for at least two weeks from the scheduled sales date next week to give [Przybylski] 26 an opportunity to seek further relief if he so chooses.” (Id.) On August 23, 2011, Przybylski 27 filed a notice of appeal and a motion to stay the pending his appeal. (Doc. 9 at 3.) On 28 August 29, 2011, before a ruling was issued on Przybylski’s pending motion to stay, Wells Dockets.Justia.com 1 Fargo conducted the trustee’s sale. Przybylski now seeks to set aside the sale on the basis 2 that Wells Fargo did not comply with the Bankruptcy Court’s instructions to postpone the 3 trustee’s sale. He also seeks a stay pending his appeal. 4 While there is some ambiguity in the hearing transcript regarding Przybylski’s request 5 to stay the trustee’s sale, Wells Fargo’s action in conducting the trustee’s sale where (1) more 6 than two weeks had passed from the August 15, 2011 scheduled sale’s date, and (2) 7 Przybylski had not obtained a stay or otherwise obtained relief from the pending sale, 8 complied with the court’s statement that “[t]here is to be no sale for at least two weeks from 9 the scheduled sales date next week to give [Przybylski] an opportunity to seek further relief 10 if he so chooses.” (Doc. 8 at 20.) Indeed, the Bankruptcy Court ultimately denied 11 Przybylski’s motion for a stay pending appeal, concluding that Przybylski had “not shown 12 any likelihood of success on appeal.” (Doc. 10-1.) The Court will therefore not set aside the 13 sale based on Przybylski’s claim that it violated any “stay” imposed by the Bankruptcy 14 Court. 15 Further, the Court has considered Przybylski’s request for a stay pending appeal on 16 the merits and similarly finds it wanting. Because Przybylski’s claims appear to be barred 17 by res judicata, he has failed to show a likelihood of success on appeal; further, because the 18 trustee’s sale has already been conducted, Przybylski will not suffer any further injury if a 19 stay is not granted. See Nken v. Holder, 556 U.S. 418, 129 S. Ct. 1749, 1761 (2009) (noting 20 courts consider the likelihood of success on the merits and whether irreparable injury would 21 result absent a stay as factors in determining whether to grant stay). For these reasons, the 22 Court will deny Przybylski’s motion. (Doc. 8.) 23 24 25 IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that Appellant’s Objection to Foreclosure Sale and Motion to Set Aside Sale and to Stay Final Judgment Pending Appeal (Doc. 8) is denied. DATED this 1st day of November, 2011. 26 27 28 -2-