$2.5 Million Foreclosure Dismissed Based on Statute of Limitations Defense

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US Bank brought a foreclosure lawsuit against Samuel Rudick. Samuel Rudick and Patricia Rudick, who is deceased, took out a $1.75 million loan for their Westhampton home in 2003. In 2004 their loan was modified. In 2006 the Rudicks took out a second mortgage on their home. During 2006 the first and second mortgages on their home were consolidated into a third mortgage for approximately $2.5 million.

The original financial institution regarding this matter was JP Morgan Chase. Chase eventually sent a notice of default to the Rudicks which stated: “that they had defaulted on their mortgage loan by failing to tender their monthly payments.” A foreclosure lawsuit was brought by JP Morgan Chase in 2008. Chase discontinued this lawsuit. Eventually a second foreclosure action was commenced. A motion was made to dismiss the second lawsuit in 2014. The basis of the dismissal application was that the 6 year statute of limitations had expired since the loan had been accelerated (called due and owing), more than 6 years ago.

A Third Foreclosure Proceeding

US Bank acquired the mortgage from Chase Manhattan Bank. US Bank therefore started a third foreclosure action. This lawsuit was also dismissed.

Conclusion

Attorney Elliot Schlissel

Homeowners whose homes go in foreclosure should consult with an experienced foreclosure lawyer to see if there is a valid defense to the lawsuit. The homeowners in this case as a result of the excellent legal work by their attorneys came into a $2.5 million windfall!

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