United States District Court, D. Arizona
IN RE MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS (MERS) LITIGATION MDL 09-02119-PHX-JAT
MERS, CV 10-01547-PHX-JAT THIS DOCUMENT RELATES TO Stejic
A. Teilborg Senior United States District Judge
Parties and Pending Motion
to Plaintiffs’ jurisdictional statement, this member
case has one named Plaintiff: Milan Stejic. (Doc. 2001-1 at
6). There are 5 Defendants: MERSCORP Holdings, Inc. and
Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. (hereinafter
“MERS”); Quality Loan Service Corporation, Aurora
Loan Services, LLC, and Shelter Mortgage, LLC. Pending before
the Court is MERS’ motion for summary judgment (Doc.
complicate matters, Plaintiffs’ counsel elected to
“consolidate” the response of Plaintiff Milan
Stejic with a Plaintiff from another member case (CV
10-1548), who responded to a different motion for summary
judgment (Doc. 1981). The Court has disregarded the portions
of the response directed at that Plaintiff for purposes of
Summary Judgment Standard
judgment is appropriate when a moving part shows that there
is no genuine dispute as to any material fact and that the
moving party is entitled to judgment as a matter of law. Fed.
R. Civ. Pro. 56. Initially, the movant bears the burden of
pointing out to the Court the basis for the motion and the
elements of the causes of action upon which the non-movant
will be unable to establish a genuine issue of material fact.
Celotex Corp. v. Catrett, 477 U.S. 317, 323 (1986).
The burden then shifts to the non-movant to establish the
existence of material fact. Id. The non-movant
“must do more than simply show that there is some
metaphysical doubt as to the material facts” by
“com[ing] forward with ‘specific facts showing
that there is a genuine issue for
trial.’” Matsushita Elec. Indus. Co. v.
Zenith Radio Corp., 475 U.S. 574, 586-87 (1986) (quoting
Fed. R. Civ. Pro. 56(e) (1963) (amended 2010)). A dispute
about a fact is “genuine” if the evidence is such
that a reasonable jury could return a verdict for the
nonmoving party. Anderson v. Liberty Lobby, Inc.,
477 U.S. 242, 248 (1986). The non-movant’s bare
assertions, standing alone, are insufficient to create a
material issue of fact and defeat a motion for summary
judgment. Id. at 247-48.
Count I of the Amended Complaint
the Court of Appeals reversal (In re Mortgage Elec.
Registration Sys., Inc., 754 F.3d 772 (9th Cir.
2014) at Doc. 1820) of this Court’s dismissal of the
consolidated amended complaint in this case, there is one
Count remaining. The remaining Count is a cause of action
under A.R.S. § 33-420(A). Another Court in this district
has summarized this cause of action as follows:
…A.R.S. § 33-420(A)  penalizes persons claiming
an interest or lien in real property for knowingly recording
a document that is “forged, groundless, contains a
material misstatement or false claim or is otherwise
A. A person purporting to claim an interest in, or a lien or
encumbrance against, real property, who causes a document
asserting such claim to be recorded in the office of the
county recorder, knowing or having reason to know that
the document is forged, groundless, contains a material
misstatement or false claim or is otherwise invalid is
liable to the owner or beneficial title holder of the real
property for the sum of not less than five thousand dollars,
or for treble the actual damages caused by the recording,
whichever is greater, and reasonable attorney fees and costs
of the action.
(Emphasis added.) The broader statutory section, A.R.S.
§ 33-420, is entitled “False documents; liability;
special action; damages; violation; classification.”
David A. Kester v. CitiMortgage, CV 15-365, Doc. 37
(D. Ariz. March 31, 2016).
Fact Specific Claims
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