Jose Dumas (details)

Los Angeles Superior Court
Case No.: BC 51348
Clients: Jose Dumas
Result Date: December 18, 2015

Dumas sued two men who had defrauded him in the purchase of his avocado ranch. The fraud was a complicated scheme involving a straw buyer and money laundering which the defendants used to hide their fraud. After a bench trial, which spanned over a year, the Court found the defendants guilty of fraud and awarded Dumas $1,485,603.24 compensatory damages plus interest and costs.

Kroytor v. Encore (details)

Los Angeles Superior Court
Case No.: LC098690
Clients: Jaffar Hazara, Josef Sarshar
Result Date: October 15, 2014

The Kroytors sued Hazara and Sarshar alleging they and other defendants had wrongfully submitted a demand in escrow for late and foreclosure fees under a Note and Deed of Trust. Discovery and a mediation showed Hazara and Sarshar did nothing wrong. The Kroytors then entered into judgment with the other defendants and dismissed Hazara and Sarshar.

 Barrister Executive Suites, Inc. adv. Attentive Home Care, Inc. (details)

Los Angeles Superior Court
Case No.: YC069087
Client: Barrister Executive Suites, Inc.
Result Date: October 1, 2014

Attentive sued Barrister for breach of contract and interference with contract. The Court granted Barrister’s three discovery motions, denied Attentive’s one discovery motion and awarded Barrister approximately $6,000 in sanctions. Attentive dismissed its action with prejudice on the day the Court was scheduled to hear Barrister’s motion for summary judgment.

Value Home Loan, Inc. adv. Rivera (view)

Los Angeles Superior Court
Case No.: YC063260 (Consolidated with YC066803)
Client: Value Home Loan
Result Date: September 3, 2014


The Riveras sued Value claiming it had defrauded them in the origination, servicing and foreclosure of a trust deed loan Value made to the Riveras. After a 4-day trial, the Court dismissed all those claims against Value.

Stallworth v. Waldman, Rossi, et al. (details)

Los Angeles Superior Court
Case No.: BC453214
Client: Patsy Rossi
Result Date: August 1, 2014

Stallworth sued Rossi claiming he had defrauded her in the origination of a trust deed loan and had wrongfully foreclosed his deed of trust. After a 6-day trial, the Court dismissed all those claims.

 Rosien, Rondo Resources adv. Carr (details)

Riverside Superior Court
Case No.: RIC1112993
Client: Rondo Resources
Result Date: November 27, 2013


Carr sued Rondo to quiet title to property on which Rondo held a Deed of Trust. Carr claimed superior title based on adverse possession. After a 3-day trial, the Court granted judgment for Rondo.

 Ahuja adv. Lindsay (details)

Los Angeles Superior Court
Case No.: KC063568
Client: Ajay Ahuja, M.D.
Result Date: June 28, 2013


Lindsay sued Ahuja claiming he had wrongfully induced her to enter into a trust deed loan and then wrongfully foreclosed upon it. The Court sustained all Ahuja’s demurrers to Lindsay’s complaint and her two amended complaints, and entered judgment for Ahuja.

 Value Home Loan Inc. adv. Perez (details)

San Francisco Superior Court
Case No. CGC-08-474079
Client: Value Home Loan, Inc.
Result Date: March 20, 2013

Perez sued Value claiming, among other things, Perez’s failure to make the mortgage payments due the holder of the first deed of trust did not entitle Value to foreclose its second deed of trust on Perez’s condo. After a 4 day trial, the Court awarded judgment to Value on all causes of action.

Century Field Inc. adv. KJBCO, Inc. (details)

San Bernardino Superior Court
Case No. CIVDS 905933
Client: Century Field, Inc.
Result Date: February 28, 2013

KJBCO, the trustor under a Deed of Trust in favor of CFI, sued CFI for Declaratory Relief and Fraud claiming CFI wrongfully had threatened to record a Notice of Default under the Deed of Trust unless KJBCO paid CFI for attorney fees CFI had incurred in related litigation. After a 1 day trial the Court granted judgment to CFI on both causes of action.

 County Records Research adv. Koenig (details)

Orange County Superior Court
Case No.: 30-2010-00365230
Client: County Records Research
Result Date: February 9, 2012

Koenig, a Beneficiary of a Deed of Trust, sued County Records Research, a Foreclosure Trustee, for indemnification in a wrongful foreclosure action Koenig’s Borrower filed against Koenig. After a 4 day trial, the Court held Koenig was liable to the Borrower for wrongful foreclosure, but County Records Research was not liable to Koenig because it had done nothing wrong. The Court awarded County Records Research $45,160 in attorney fees and costs against Koenig

Malibu Reconveyance adv. Abselet (details)

United States District Court
Central District of California
Case No.: CV-11-00815-JFW
Client: Malibu Reconveyance, LLC
Result Date: December 21, 2011

Abselet sued Malibu, a foreclosure trustee, for wrongful foreclosure. On the eve of Trial, Abselet dismissed his claims against Malibu, and Malibu recovered its attorney fees on its Cross-Complaint for Indemnification from its foreclosing beneficiary.

Rondo Resources adv. Rabanal (details)

Los Angeles Superior Court
Case No.: BC446440
Client: Rondo Resources, Inc.
Result Date: October 18, 2011

Rabanal, a borrower under an All Inclusive Deed of Trust, sued his lender, Rondo. Rabanal claimed the AIDT was invalid, and Rondo was not entitled to foreclose for Rabanal’s failure to reimburse Rondo for taxes Rondo had advanced. Case settled on eve of Trial with a Settlement Agreement under which Rabanal acknowledged the AIDT was valid, reimbursed Rondo for the taxes and agreed to payoff the AIDT by December 2012.

Value Home Loan, Inc. adv. Johnston (details)

United States District Court
Case No.: 07 CV 01280 GEB EFB
Client: Value Home Loan, Inc.
Result Date: January 11, 2010

Johnston sued Value on various State and Federal claims. The District Court granted Value Summary Judgment.

Spectrum Mortgage and Loan adv. Salven (details)

United States Bankruptcy Court
Eastern District of California
Client: Spectrum Mortgage and Loan
Case No: 08-14472-A-7
Result Date: November 3, 2009

The Chapter 7 Trustee sued Spectrum to set aside its Trust Deed on the Debtor’s property on the ground the loan violated RESPA, TILA and HOEPA. After a one-day trial, the Court granted Judgment for Spectrum.

The 4629 Talofa Trust adv. Copelin (details)

Los Angeles Superior Court
Case No.: EC 049804
Client: The 4629 Talofa Trust
Result Date: June 22, 2009

Court denied Copelin’s motion to set aside Trustee’s Deed based upon the Trust’s alleged failure to comply with foreclosure law.

Carlson & Associates, Inc. adv. Columbia College of Hollywood (details)

Los Angeles Superior Court
Case No.: LC084744
Client: Carlson & Associates, Inc.
Result Date: June 18, 2009

College sued Carlson, a fundraiser, on various common law theories for alleged failures in fund raising campaign. Court sustained Carlson’s Demurrers to all causes of action.

Value Home Loan adv. Vialpando (details)

Los Angeles Superior Court
Case No.: VC051883
Client: Value Home Loan, Inc.
Result Date: June 17, 2009

Vialpando sued Value for alleged breach of state and federal laws regulating origination of mortgage loans. Court sustained Value’s Demurrers to all causes of action.

Malibu Reconveyance adv. Kurlyand (details)

Los Angeles Superior Court
Case No.: PC 041422
Client: Malibu Reconveyance
Result Date: May 11, 2009

Kurlyand sued Malibu to set aside Malibu’s Notice of Default and Notice of Sale against Kurlyand’s house on the ground that trust deed loan was allegedly obtained by fraud. After a 4 day trial Court entered judgment for Malibu and awarded it $19,050 in attorney fees and costs.

International Real Estate & Investment, Inc. adv. Hendry (details)

Los Angeles Superior Court
Case No.: 08C016642
Client: International Real Estate & Investment, Inc.
Result Date: March 26, 2009

Hendry sued International, a property manager, for alleged interference with Hendry’s operation of a childcare center in a building International managed. International obtained Judgment after a 1-day trial.

In re Fountain Valley Village, LLC (details)

United States Bankruptcy Court
Case No.: 08-15052-BB
Client: J.J. Fremont Co.
Result Date: March 2009

Bankruptcy Court granted Fremont relief from stay over strong opposition of Chapter 7 Trustee to allow Fremont to foreclose its $3,543,509 Deed of Trust on the debtor’s vacant land.

Saddlebow Trust adv. Widdowson (details)

United States Bankruptcy Court
Central District of California
Case No.: 07-021252 GM
Client : Saddlebow Trust
Result Date: January 22 2009

Saddlebow purchased a second trust deed loan on the debtor’s property. Saddlebow filed a $375,000 proof of claim to recover its principal, interest and advances. The Chapter 7 Trustee objected claiming the prior lender had discharged the debt and there was no effective assignment to Saddlebow. Following a 2 day bench trial, the Court rejected the Trustee’s objections; ruled in Saddlebow’s favor on all issues and awarded Saddlebow $68,000 in attorney fees and costs.

Select Portfolio Servicing, Inc. adv. Blossom Hill Homeowner’s Assoc. (details)

United States Bankruptcy Court
Client: Select Portfolio Servicing
Result Date: January 12, 2009

Blossom Hill demanded that SPS pay $47,000 in repair bills which its borrower had agreed to pay before SPS foreclosed on his condo. Blossom Hill dismissed its claim following a letter explaining a mortgage lender is not responsible for its borrower’s agreements made after the lender records its deed of trust.

Rondo Resources, Inc. v. Godinez, Penn Escrow (details)

Los Angeles Superior Court
Case No.: BC 334501
Client: Rondo Resources, Inc.
Result Date: August 30, 2008

Rondo sued an escrow company and persons claiming adverse interests in raw land on which Rondo had made a trust deed loan. Rondo’s title under its deed of trust was defective due to escrow error. Following a mandatory settlement conference, Rondo obtained good title to the land, damages and attorney fees.

Fifth Third Bank adv. Kousini (details)

United States District Court
Central District of California
Case No.: SACV08-00182 CJC
Client: Fifth Third Bank
Result Date: June 23, 2008

Kousini sued FTB for alleged wrongful payment on checks. Kousini dismissed after FTB filed motion to dismiss for lack of jurisdiction and improper venue.

Imperial Mortgage adv. Papanicolau (details)

United States District Court Central District of California
Case No.: CV 08-01654 GPS
Client: Imperial Mortgage
Result Date: April 25, 2008

Papinicolau sued Imperial Mortgage for alleged predatory lending. Plaintiffs’ counsel abandoned the case after receiving letter detailing fatal factual and legal flaws in case.

Monge, JJ Fremont Co. v. EMC Mortgage Corporation (details)

Los Angeles Superior Court
Case No.: BC 379984
Clients: Siboney A. Monge, JJ Fremont Co.
Result Date: April 4, 2008

Monge and Fremont sued EMC for breach of a contract pursuant to which they bought a $35,000 loan mortgage loan from EMC, which EMC had previously sold to another party. Following a mediation, EMC paid Monge and Fremont $120,000.

Malibu Reconveyance adv. Friedel (details)

Los Angeles Superior Court
Case No.: BC 354050
Client: Malibu Reconveyance
Result Date: March 24, 2008

The Friedels sued Malibu for alleged conspiracy to chill bidding at a foreclosure sale. On third day of trial, after the Court granted all Malibu’s motions in limine, the Friedels dismissed their action against Malibu.

Value Home Loan, Inc. v. Perez (details)

San Francisco Superior Court
Case No.: CUD 07-623642
Client: Value Home Loan, Inc.
Result Date: February 12, 2008

Value brought an unlawful detainer action against Perez to recover possession of Perez’s condo following foreclosure. The Court granted all Value’s motions in limine to bar Perez’s defense of alleged predatory lending. Following a 3-day jury trial, Value obtained judgment against Perez for possession and $31,943.90 damages and attorney fees.

Merrick Bank adv. Moen (details)

United States District Court
Northern District of California
Case No.: C07-0574 MMC
Client: Merrick Bank
Result Date: June 25, 2007

Moen sued Merrick to recover unspecified damages for alleged false reporting to the credit reporting agencies. After the Court granted Merrick’s motion to dismiss most of Merrick’s claims, Moen accepted $350 in settlement.

Voss adv. Roberts (details)

Los Angeles Superior Court
Case No.: BC 346375
Client: F. James Voss
Result Date: August 11, 2006

Roberts sued Voss claiming he had no interest in a house they had purchased together. Following a two day bench trial, the case settled with Roberts paying Voss $102,500.

Select Portfolio Servicing fka Fairbanks Capital Corp. adv. Finn (details)

Orange County Superior Court
Case No.: 04 CC10111
Client: Select Portfolio Servicing
Result Date: May 5, 2006

Finn sued SPS for alleged failure to issue timely and accurate payoff demands. The Court granted SPS’ motion barring Finn’s class action claims under California’s Unfair Competition Law because the evidence showed Finn suffered no harm. The Court then granted SPS’ motion for summary judgment and $47,000 attorney fees.

Fremont Investment & Loan v. Motown Mortgage (details)

American Arbitration
Case No.: 72 148 E 01030 05 ARN
Client: Fremont Investment & Loan
Result Date: April 27, 2006

Fremont, a wholesale lender, filed an arbitration demand against Motown, a retail mortgage broker, under an Agreement pursuant to which Motown sold loans to Fremont. Fremont sustained $62,000 in damages due to false information in the loan package Motown submitted to Fremont. After a 1-day arbitration, the arbitrator awarded Fremont $140,979.08 damages, attorney fees and costs.

Value Home Loan adv. Stanley (details)

San Diego Superior Court
Case No.: GIS 19865
Client: Value Home Loan
Result Date: April 4, 2006

Stanley sued Value for allegedly breaching an agreement to cancel a foreclosure and failing to provide timely and accurate payoff demands. The Court granted Value’s motion for summary judgment.

Lenders Foreclosure Services adv. Yang (details)

Los Angeles Superior Court
Case No.: BC 292682
Client: Lender’s Foreclosure Services
Result Date: March 22, 2006

Yang sued Lender’s on claims of negligence and fraud for wrongful foreclosure on her commercial property. Following a 10-day jury trial, the jury returned a verdict in favor of Lenders.

Reliable Trust Deed Services, J&G Bail Bonds adv. Raya (details)

Los Angeles Superior Court
Case No.: TC 019054
Clients: Reliable and J&G
Result Date: February 21, 2006

Raya sued Reliable and J&G to enjoin a foreclosure sale on the grounds J&G’s request for a $36,100 payoff was excessive. Plaintiff claimed less than $4,000 was due. Following a 3-day bench trial, the Court found Raya owed J&G $37,175.90. The Court also awarded J&G $21,725 attorney fees and dismissed the action against Reliable.