Court Grants Motion For Partial Judgment On The Pleadings In RESPA Class Action Regarding Private Mortgage Insurance


We have previously reported on a case styled Munoz v. PHH Corp., one of similar suits alleging putative class actions under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act arising from purported “sham” reinsurance transfers covering private mortgage insurance. Defendants in that case filed a motion for partial judgment on the pleadings asserting that plaintiff-intervenor, and all others similarly situated, failed to plead sufficient facts to state a claim for application of equitable tolling and/or equitable estoppel to the one-year statute of limitations for alleged violations of the Act. The court granted defendants’ motion for equitable tolling and equitable estoppel/fraudulent concealment pleadings. The loan document disclosures adequately placed plaintiff on notice of her claim and that she failed to allege extraordinary circumstances that prevented her from timely filing. In particular, the disclosures explained the requirement of mortgage insurance, the purpose of the mortgage insurance, the borrower’s rights and responsibilities under mortgage insurance, and the potential occurrence of captive insurance. The court also found that plaintiff failed to plead an act of concealment separate and apart from an underlying RESPA claim. The court, however, is allowing plaintiff one opportunity to file and serve an amended complaint to cure deficiencies within 20 days from date of the court’s order. Munoz v. PHH Corp., No. 1:08-CV-0759 (USDC E.D. Cal. Aug. 11, 2014).

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