Toromanova v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. et al, No. 2:2012cv00328 - Document 52 (D. Nev. 2013)

Court Description: ORDER Granting 41 Motion to Expunge Lis Pendens. Signed by Judge Gloria M. Navarro on 10/23/13. (Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF - MMM)
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Toromanova v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. et al 1 2 3 4 5 6 Doc. 52 DAVID J. MERRILL Nevada Bar No. 6060 MORGAN F. SHAH Nevada Bar No. 12490 DAVID J. MERRILL, P.C. 10161 Park Run Drive, Suite 150 Las Vegas, Nevada 89145 Telephone: (702) 566-1935 Facsimile: (702) 993-8841 E-mail: david@djmerrillpc.com Attorneys for Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. 7 8 9 DAVID J. MERRILL, P.C. 10161 PARK RUN DRIVE, SUITE 150 LAS VEGAS, NEVADA 89145 (702) 566-1935 10 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 11 DISTRICT OF NEVADA 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 DIMITRITZA TOROMANOVA, an Individual, ) ) ) Case No.: 2:12-cv-00328-GMN-(CWH) Plaintiff, ) ) vs. ) MOTION TO EXPUNGE LIS ) WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A.; WACHOVIA ) PENDENS AND ORDER MORTGAGE, FSB; WORLD SAVINGS ) BANK, FSB; NATIONAL CITY ) MORTGAGE; NATIONAL DEFAULT ) SERVICING CORP; GOLDEN WEST SAVINGS ASSOCIATION SERVICE CO.; ) ) and DOES 1-10, inclusive, ) ) Defendants. ) MOTION TO EXPUNGE LIS PENDENS 21 Defendant Wachovia Mortgage, a division of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., formerly known 22 as Wachovia Mortgage, FSB (“Wells Fargo”) moves this court for an order expunging the lis 23 pendens the plaintiff, Dimitritza Toromanova (“Toromanova”), recorded with the Clark County 24 Recorder as Instrument No. 201202100002038 on February 10, 2012 in connection with this 25 action. Wells Fargo bases this motion on the following memorandum of points and authorities, 26 the papers on file with this Court, including the Complaint, any documents incorporated by 27 reference or attached to the Complaint, recorded documents which the Court may take judicial 28 1 Dockets.Justia.com 1 notice of, and any oral argument that this Court may entertain. 2 DATED this 3rd day of April 2013. 3 DAVID J. MERRILL, P.C. 4 5 By: DAVID J. MERRILL MORGAN F. SHAH 10161 Park Run Drive, Suite 150 Las Vegas, Nevada 89145 (702) 566-1935 Attorneys for Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. 6 7 8 9 MEMORANDUM OF POINTS AND AUTHORITIES DAVID J. MERRILL, P.C. 10161 PARK RUN DRIVE, SUITE 150 LAS VEGAS, NEVADA 89145 (702) 566-1935 10 Toromanova commenced this action by filing a Complaint in the Eighth Judicial District 11 Court, Clark County, Nevada on February 10, 2012, concerning real property located at 2912 12 Hot Cider Avenue, North Las Vegas, Nevada 89031 (the “Property”). In connection with the 13 action, Toromanova filed a Notice of Lis Pendens, which Toromanova also recorded with the 14 Clark County Recorder on February 10, 2012, as Instrument No. 201202100002038.1 Wells 15 Fargo removed the action to this Court and subsequently responded to the Complaint by filing a 16 Motion to Dismiss and to Expunge Lis Pendens, which defendant National Default Servicing 17 Corporation (“NDSC”) joined. On June 25, 2012, this Court entered an order dismissing 18 Toromanova’s claims with prejudice as to Wells Fargo, and with leave to amend her third and 19 fourth causes of action as against NDSC.2 Because the Court granted Toromanova leave to 20 amend two causes of action as to NDSC, the Court declined to expunge the lis pendens at that 21 time.3 Toromanova then filed an amended complaint purporting to join new defendants to the 22 action and alleging new causes of action against all parties, including Wells Fargo. 23 Consequently, Wells Fargo again filed a motion to dismiss (Doc. #23). In addition, NDSC filed 24 a Motion to Strike Plaintiff’s Amended Complaint and to Dismiss Case (Doc. # 28). On March 25 1 See Notice of Lis Pendens, attached hereto as Exhibit 1. 2 (Doc. # 21) 3 See id. at 11, n. 5. 26 27 28 2 1 28, 2013, this Court entered an order dismissing Toromanova’s claims with prejudice and 2 directing the Clerk of the Court to enter judgment in favor of Wells Fargo and NDSC.4 3 Under NRS 14.010, “[i]n an action . . . affecting the title or possession of real property, 4 the plaintiff, at the time of filing the complaint . . . shall record with the recorder of the county in 5 which the property, or some part thereof, is situated, a notice of pendency of the action . . . .” 6 “The purpose of recording the lis pendens is to give ‘constructive notice to a purchaser or 7 encumbrancer of the property affected thereby’ that the title to the property is disputed.”5 When 8 such an action is dismissed, however, the lis pendens must be cancelled.6 Here, the Court 9 entered an order dismissing Toromanova’s claims with prejudice.7 Accordingly, there is no DAVID J. MERRILL, P.C. 10161 PARK RUN DRIVE, SUITE 150 LAS VEGAS, NEVADA 89145 (702) 566-1935 10 longer an action affecting the title or possession of the Property. Therefore, Wells Fargo 11 respectfully requests that the Court enter an order expunging the lis pendens Toromanova 12 recorded against the Property in connection with this action on February 10, 2012, as Instrument 13 No. 201202100002038. 14 DATED this 3rd day of April 2013. 15 DAVID J. MERRILL, P.C. 16 ORDER 17 IT IS SO ORDERED this 23rd day of October, 2013. 18 19 20 ________________________ Gloria M. Navarro United States District Judge By: DAVID J. MERRILL MORGAN F. SHAH 10161 Park Run Drive, Suite 150 Las Vegas, Nevada 89145 (702) 566-1935 Attorneys for Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. 21 4 22 (Doc. # 39). 5 23 24 25 26 27 28 See Coury v. Tran, 111 Nev. 652, 655, 895 P.2d 650, 652 (1995) (quoting NRS 14.010(3)). 6 See, e.g., Johnson v. Truckee River Highlands HOA, 2010 WL 4974869, *5 (D. Nev. Nov. 29, 2010) (“[B]ecause the case is dismissed there is no longer an action pending affecting the title or possession of the property”); Rivera v. Nat’l Default Serv. Corp., 2012 WL 2789015, *4 (D. Nev. Jul. 6, 2012); Madrigal v. ReconTrust Co., N.A., 2012 WL 2047992, *4 (D. Nev. Jun. 6, 2012). 7 See generally Order (Mar. 28, 2013) (Doc. #39). 3 EXHIBIT 1