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Espiritu v. Capital One, N.A.

United States District Court, D. Nevada

June 27, 2017

Martha Espiritu, Plaintiff
v.
Capital One, N.A., et al., Defendants

          ORDER GRANTING PLAINTIFF'S MOTION TO STAY EXECUTION OF ORDER [ECF NOS. 113, 114]

          Jennifer A. Dorsey United States District Judge.

         Martha Espiritu stopped making payments on her home mortgage back in 2013, and the defendants foreclosed on the property. In 2015, Espirirtu's home was sold at a public auction to a third party. But Espiritu continued to live there. She then brought this case challenging the foreclosure.

         I recently granted summary judgment in favor of the defendants on all of Espiritu's claims.[1]Espiritu has appealed and now asks that I stay judgment in this case until the appellate court renders its decision. Espiritu points out that unless the judgment is stayed, the defendants will be able to oust her from the house, which will irreparably harm her.

         In Nevada, real property is considered “unique” and the loss of real property “generally results in irreparable harm.”[2] Although I remain unmoved by Espiritu's arguments that my prior order was wrong, [3] given the injuries involved in disposing of real property, I do find that a stay is warranted here.

         “To stay execution of judgment, a supersedeas bond is typically required.”[4] “The posting of a bond protects the prevailing plaintiff from the risk of a later uncollectible judgment and compensates him for delay in the entry of the final judgment.”[5]

         Espiritu requests a $2, 000 bond, which she contends will cover the costs of appeal. But a judgment bond is meant to do more than that: it protects the prevailing party's interests, including damages flowing from the delay caused by the stay. As long as the judgment is stayed, the defendants are deprived of their ongoing interest in this house. They are unable to rent the property, much less sell it. Being unable to sell or rent real property for the months or years that this case remains on appeal will cause real damage to the defendants. There is also no guarantee (and Espiritu offers none) that no harm will come to the property during this period.

         The defendants request a much larger bond: $277, 000, the appraised value of the home. But the defendants have not established that this number makes sense either. There is no indication that they will be unable to collect the home if the appeal comes out in their favor. They have thus not shown that they are at risk of losing the entire value of the property.

         I find that the proper bond amount is a fair market rent of the property during the pendency of appeal.[6] I thus grant the stay subject to Espiritu's posting of a bond in the amount of $36, 000. This number reflects my estimation that this case is likely to remain on appeal for 18 months and that a reasonable monthly rent of a home in this area is $2, 000, based on my generalized knowledge of home and rental values in this community

         Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED, ADJUDGED, AND DECREED that the plaintiffs motion for a stay [ECF Nos. 113] is GRANTED. Plaintiff is ordered to deposit $38, 000 by close of business on July 10, 2017 for this stay to be effective.

         IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that plaintiffs motion to shorten time [ECF Nos. 114] is DENIED as moot.

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Notes:

[1] ECF No. 111.

[2] Dixon v. Thatcher, 742 P.2d 1029, 1030 (Nev. ...


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