UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
July 3, 2012
THOMAS DUNN, PLAINTIFF,
DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE O/B/O THE CERTIFICATE HOLDERS OF IXIS REAL ESTATE CAPITAL TRUST 2004-HE4 MORTGAGE PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2004-HC4, DEFENDANT.
DECISION and ORDER
Plaintiff Thomas Dunn ("Plaintiff") entered a mortgage transaction on May 24, 2004, whereby he promised to pay $202,500.00 to an entity named Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., ("MERS"), acting solely as a nominee for Aegis Funding Corporation. Pl.'s Exs. 2-3, (Dkt. Nos. 3-2, 3-3). On August 9, 2006, Defendant Deutsche Bank National Trust Company ("Defendant") filed a Summons and Complaint in New York state court, claiming that Plaintiff had defaulted on the note and seeking foreclosure and sale of the property. Pl.'s Ex. 1 (Dkt. No. 3-1). The state court granted a judgment of foreclosure in favor of Defendant on January 8, 2009, and Plaintiff did not appeal from the judgment. Def.'s Ex. F (Dkt. No. 10-8).
Plaintiff subsequently commenced this action pro se on June 24, 2011, seeking to enjoin Defendant from proceeding in its foreclosure action against Plaintiff and from evicting him from his home in Cicero, New York. Dkt. No. 1 ("Complaint"); Dkt. No. 3. The Court denied Plaintiff's request for a temporary restraining order on June 24, 2011, and -- after holding two hearings -- dismissed Plaintiff's Complaint for lack of subject matter jurisdiction on October 11, 2011. Dkt. Nos. 5, 19 ("October Order"). Presently before the Court is Plaintiff's Motion for a temporary restraining order, which was filed on July 2, 2012. Dkt. No. 22 ("Motion").
In his initial submissions, Plaintiff argued that MERS improperly assigned the mortgage to Defendant, and that therefore Defendant lacked standing to bring a foreclosure action against Plaintiff in New York state court because he does not in fact own the mortgage note. Dkt. No. 3 at 4-6. The Court found that Plaintiff's action was, at its core, a collateral attack on the foreclosure judgment that was reached in state court. Oct. Order at 6. Accordingly, the Court found that it lacked subject matter jurisdiction over Plaintiff's claims pursuant to the Rooker-Feldman doctrine, and entered judgment for Defendant. Id.; Dkt. No. 20.
Plaintiff's present Motion largely reiterates arguments raised in the initial Complaint and Motion for injunctive relief -- Plaintiff claims fraud and misrepresentation on the part of Defendant and asks the Court to stay the "writ of possession/eviction" along with "all claims asserted by the Defendants."*fn1 Compare Mot. at 1-4, with Dkt. Nos. 1, 3, 15. Once again, this Motion appears designed to call the state court foreclosure judgment into question; however, Plaintiff does not introduce any new evidence or arguments to suggest that the Court's earlier determination that it lacked subject matter jurisdiction was erroneous.*fn2 While the Court is sympathetic to Plaintiff's situation, it lacks subject matter jurisdiction to review a foreclosure judgment reached in state court.
Accordingly, it is hereby: ORDERED, that Plaintiff's Motion for a temporary restraining order (Dkt. No. 22) is DENIED; and it is further ORDERED, that the Clerk serve a copy of this Order on all parties. IT IS SO ORDERED.