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USROF IV Legal Title Trust 2015-1 v. White Lake Ranch Association

United States District Court, D. Nevada

April 10, 2017

USROF IV LEGAL TITLE TRUST 2015-1, BY U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS LEGAL TITLE TRUSTEE, Plaintiff,
v.
WHITE LAKE RANCH ASSOCIATION; SFR INVESTMENTS POOL 1, LLC; DOE INDIVIDUALS I-X, inclusive, and ROE CORPORATIONS I-X, inclusive ., Defendants. SFR INVESTMENTS POOL 1, LLC, Counter-claimant,
v.
USROF IV LEGAL TITLE TRUST 2015-1, BY U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS LEGAL TITLE TRUSTEE; BANK OF AMERICA, N.A.; JOSE SALAZAR, an individual; and ELVA SALAZAR, an individual, Counter-defendant/Cross-defendants.

          ORDER

          MIRANDA M. DU UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE

         This case arises out of a homeowner's association (“HOA”) foreclosure and involves a constitutional due process challenge to Nevada Revised Statute Chapter 116's notice provisions. Before the Court are a Motion to Stay filed by Plaintiff/Counter-defendant U.S. Bank National Association (“U.S. Bank”) (ECF No. 58), and a Counter Motion to Stay filed by Defendant/Counter-claimant SFR Investment Pool 1, LLC (“SFR”) (ECF No. 61). The Court has also reviewed the parties' respective responses and replies. (ECF Nos. 60, 62, 63.) U.S. Bank asks the Court to stay all proceedings except for dispositive motions based on the Ninth Circuit's ruling in Bourne Valley Court Trust v. Wells Fargo Bank, NA, 832 F.3d 1154 (9th Cir. 2016), r'hng denied (9th Cir. Nov. 4, 2016). SFR argues that the Court should either stay all proceedings or let the case proceed unrestricted. For the reasons below the Court agrees with SFR and finds that a complete stay of the case, at least until the Supreme Court addresses the pending certiorari petitions, is prudent.

         The Court had sua sponte imposed a temporary stay because of the potential impact of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals' decision in Bourne Valley, where the court found that Chapter 116's notice provisions as applied to a nonjudicial foreclosure of an HOA lien before the 2015 amendment were facially unconstitutional. 832 F.3d at 1157-60. The Court subsequently lifted the stay after the Ninth Circuit issued the mandate in Bourne Valley. (ECF No. 57.) The Court reasoned that Bourne Valley's holding is binding precedent unless and until it is reversed, though such finality may not occur for months. (Id.) Within days, the Nevada Supreme Court in Saticoy Bay LLC Series 350 Durango 104 v. Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, a Division of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 388 P.3d 970 (Nev. 2017), reached the opposite conclusion, finding that Nevada's superpriority lien statutes are not facially unconstitutional. The nonprevailing parties in Bourne Valley and Satico Bay are seeking review of both decisions in the United States Supreme Court. In light of this latest development, the Court finds that a stay is warranted and will grant SFR's Motion.

         A district court has discretionary power to stay proceedings in its own court. Landis v. N. Am. Co., 299 U.S. 248, 254-55 (1936); see also Lockyer v. Mirant Corp., 398 F.3d 1098, 1109 (9th Cir. 2005). “A trial court may, with propriety, find it is efficient for its own docket and the fairest course for the parties to enter a stay of an action before it, pending resolution of independent proceedings which bear upon the case.” Leyva v. Certified Grocers of Cal., Ltd., 593 F.2d 857, 863 (9th Cir. 1979). “When considering a motion to stay, the district court should consider three factors: (1) potential prejudice to the non-moving party; (2) hardship and inequity to the moving party if the action is not stayed; and (3) the judicial resources that would be saved by avoiding duplicative litigation if the cases are in fact consolidated.” Pate v. Depuy Orthopaedics, Inc., No. 2:12-cv-01168-MMD-CWH, 2012 WL 3532780, at *2 (D. Nev. Aug. 14, 2012) (quoting Rivers v. Walt Disney Co., 980 F.Supp. 1358, 1360 (CD. Cal. 1997)) (internal quotation marks omitted). See also Dependable Highway Exp., Inc. v. Navigators Ins. Co., 498 F.3d 1059, 1067 (9th Cir. 2007).

         These three factors weigh in favor of a temporary stay in this case, though the duration of the stay may be extended depending on whether the Supreme Court will grant Bourne Valley and Well Fargo's petitions for a writ of certiorari. U.S. Bank insists that a stay will be prejudicial because of the continued damages to U.S. Bank caused by SFR's assertion of title to the property at issue. (ECF No. 62 at 7.) However, any damage to U.S. Bank from a stay will be outweighed by the fees that all parties will surely incur from continued litigation because a decision by the Court could be rendered moot by a decision in the certiorari proceedings before the Supreme Court. Until there is finality on the issue of whether Nevada's superpriority lien statutes are constitutional, a stay will benefit the parties and conserve judicial resources.

         It is therefore ordered that SFR's Counter Motion to Stay (ECF No. 61) is granted and U.S. Bank's Motion to Stay (ECF No. 58) is granted in part and denied in part. This action is temporarily stayed until resolution of the certiorari proceedings before the United States Supreme Court in Bourne Valley and/or Saticoy Bay The parties must file a status report within fifteen (15) days from such resolution. The pending Motion for Partial ...


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