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In God We Trust and to Hell with Sunday School Chief Judge Owen et al, Sayeth the Pastor

LIT highlighted Davis in March of 2021 in a 5th Circuit case before Owen, Chief Judge, and Graves and Ho, Circuit Judge. They are back.

On April 26, 2022 Senior Judge Fish Allows the First Lady, Pastor and Congregation to Dismiss the Lawsuit, Without Prejudice.

On March 30, 2022 Hirsch Objected to Magistrate Judge.

The case slowly proceeds…

U.S. District Court
Northern District of Texas (Dallas)
CIVIL DOCKET FOR CASE #: 3:21-cv-03057-G-BN

Davis v. Select Portfolio Servicing Inc
Assigned to: Senior Judge A. Joe Fish
Referred to: Magistrate Judge David L. Horan

Case in other court:  County Court at Law No. 1, Dallas County, Texas, CC-21-05187

Cause: 28:1331 Fed. Question

Date Filed: 12/08/2021
Jury Demand: None
Nature of Suit: 220 Real Property: Foreclosure
Jurisdiction: Diversity
Plaintiff
Lorita Davis represented by Kerry L Prisock
1371 Hayward Drive
Rockwall, TX 75087
214-632-3823
Fax: 469-252-7496
Email: kprisocklegal@sbcglobal.net
LEAD ATTORNEY
ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED
Bar Status: Admitted/In Good Standing
V.
Defendant
Select Portfolio Servicing Inc represented by Michael Foster Hord , Jr
Hirsch & Westheimer PC
1415 Louisiana, 36th Floor
Houston, TX 77002-2772
713-220-9182
Fax: 713-223-9319
Email: mhord@hirschwest.com
LEAD ATTORNEY
ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED
Bar Status: Admitted/In Good StandingEric C Mettenbrink
Hirsch & Westheimer PC
1415 Louisiana
36th Floor
Houston, TX 77002
713-220-9141
Fax: 713-223-9319
Email: emettenbrink@hirschwest.com
ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED
Bar Status: Admitted/In Good Standing

 

Date Filed # Docket Text
01/14/2022 8 STANDING ORDER ON DISCOVERY AND OTHER NON-DISPOSITIVE MOTIONS. (Ordered by Magistrate Judge David L. Horan on 1/14/2022) (ndt) (Entered: 01/18/2022)
01/14/2022 9 INITIAL SCHEDULING ORDER: Amended Pleadings due by 2/28/2022. Discovery due by 7/14/2022. Joinder of Parties due by 1/31/2022. Motions due by 8/14/2022. (Ordered by Magistrate Judge David L. Horan on 1/14/2022) (ndt) (Entered: 01/18/2022)
03/30/2022 10 NOTICE of Non-consent to proceed before United States Magistrate Judge re: 3 Judge Fish, filed by Select Portfolio Servicing Inc (Hord, Michael) (Entered: 03/30/2022)

5th Circuit Appeal Earlier this Year

Davis v. Ocwen Loan Servicing, L.L.C.,

No. 20-10547 (5th Cir. Mar. 31, 2021)

Before Chief Judge Owen, Judges Graves and Ho

New Foreclosure Case Removed to Federal Court but We’ve Seen this Name Before.

Bookmark for Updates.

ORDER REQUIRING CONFERENCE AND JOINT STATUS REPORT: Joint Proposed Scheduling Order due by 1/13/2022.

(Ordered by Magistrate Judge David L. Horan on 12/9/2021)

ORDER granting 5 Unopposed Motion for Leave to Appear Without Local Counsel.

(Ordered by Magistrate Judge David L. Horan on 12/9/2021) (mcrd) (Entered: 12/09/2021)

Davis v. Select Portfolio Servicing Inc

(3:21-cv-03057)

District Court, N.D. Texas

DEC 9, 2021 | REPUBLISHED BY LIT: DEC 10, 2021

DEFENDANT’S NOTICE OF REMOVAL

Defendant, Select Portfolio Servicing, Inc. (“Defendant” or “SPS”) through undersigned counsel, hereby removes this case from the County Court at Law No. 1 of Dallas County, Texas, to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division. Defendant denies the allegations of the Complaint and the damages contained therein, and files this Notice without waiving any defenses, exceptions, or obligations that may exist in its favor in state or federal court.

I. INTRODUCTION AND STATEMENT OF COMMENCEMENT OF ACTION

1. On or about November 30, 2021, Plaintiff Lorita Davis (“Plaintiff”) commenced this action by filing a Petition, Cause No. CC-21-05187, in the County Court at Law No. 1 of Dallas County, Texas (the “State Court Action”). See Exhibit C-1. On December 3, 2021 Plaintiff obtained an ex parte temporary restraining order. See Exhibit C-3. Defendant filed an answer in the State Court Action on December 8, 2021. See Exhibit C-4. This action is being removed less than 30 days following service of the Petition filed in the State Court Action and less than 30 days after Defendant appeared in the State Court Action. Accordingly, removal is timely under 28 U.S.C. §1446(b).1

1 Murphy Bros., Inc. v. Michetti Pipe Stringing, Inc., 526 U.S. 344, 347-48 (1999).

MEET THE FORECLOSURE QUEEN

II. PLEADINGS AND NOTICE TO STATE COURT

2. True and correct copies of all process and pleadings in the State Court Action are being filed along with this Notice of Removal. Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §1446(d), written notice of this removal is being served on Plaintiff and filed in the State Court Action.

III. STATEMENT OF STATUTORY BASIS FOR JURISDICTION AND VENUE

3. This action is within the original jurisdiction of the United States District Court pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §1332(a)(1). That statute provides, in pertinent part, that “the district courts shall have the original jurisdiction of all civil actions where the matter in controversy exceeds the sum or value of $75,000, exclusive of interest and costs, and is between citizens of different States.”2 Venue is proper in this district under 28 U.S.C. §1441(a) because the state court where the State Court Action has been pending is located in this district. As discussed in detail below, this action satisfies the statutory requirements for diversity of citizenship jurisdiction as well as Federal Question jurisdiction.

IV. DIVERSITY JURISDICTION

A. Citizenship of the Parties

4. This civil action involves a controversy between citizens of different states.

Plaintiff is a citizen of the State of Texas in that she resides in and is domiciled in Texas.3

5. Defendant, Select Portfolio Servicing, Inc. is a Utah Corporation. A corporation is deemed to be a citizen of (1) every state where it has been incorporated and (2) the state where it has its principal place of business (i.e. its “nerve center”).4 SPS is a Utah corporation with its principal place of business in Salt Lake City, Utah. SPS is not incorporated in Texas, nor is its

2 28 U.S.C. §1332(a)(1).
3 See Plaintiff’s Original Petition (the “Complaint”) at ¶2.
4 28 U.S.C. §1332(c)(1).

principal place of business located in Texas. Therefore, SPS is a citizen of Utah for purposes of diversity jurisdiction.

6. Because Plaintiff is a citizen of Texas and SPS is a citizen of a state other than Texas, there is complete diversity of citizenship among the parties.5

B. Amount in Controversy

7. This case places an amount in controversy that exceeds the $75,000 threshold. A party may remove an action from state court to federal court if the action is one over which the federal court possesses subject matter jurisdiction.6 Such jurisdiction exists as long as the parties are completely diverse and the amount in controversy exceeds $75,000.00.7

8. When ascertaining the amount in controversy in the context of a motion to remand, district courts query whether a plaintiff’s state court petition, as it existed at the time of removal, alleged damages in excess of the statutory minimum.8 If the petition does not allege a specific amount of damages, the removing party must prove by a preponderance of the evidence that the amount in controversy requirement is satisfied.9

The removing party satisfies this burden if the court finds it “facially apparent” that the plaintiff’s claimed damages likely exceed $75,000.00.10 In this instance, Plaintiff’s Complaint makes it facially apparent that Plaintiff’s claimed damages exceed $75,000.00 given that Plaintiff seeks temporary and permanent injunctive relief that would preclude Defendant from conducting a foreclosure sale on the collateral securing the subject loan and the value of the property exceeds $75,000.00.

5 See 28 U.S.C. § 1332(c)(1).
6 See 28 U.S.C. §1441(a).
7 See 28 U.S.C. §1332(a).
8 See S.W.S. Erectors, Inc. v. Infax, Inc., 72 F.3d 489, 492 (5th Cir.1996).
9 See Lewis v. State Farm Lloyds, 205 F. Supp. 2d 706, 708 (S.D. Tex. 2002) citing De Aguilar v. Boeing Co., 11 F.3d 55, 58 (5th Cir. 1993); see also Manguno v. Prudential Prop. and Cas. Ins. Co., 276 F.3d 720, 723 (5th Cir. 2002) (explaining that the removing party bears the burden of showing that federal jurisdiction exists and that removal is proper).
10 Allen v. R & H Oil & Gas Co., 63 F.3d 1326, 1335 (5th Cir.1995).

9. In addition to unspecified actual and exemplary damages, the filing of the present suit seeks to stop a foreclosure attempt by Defendant on property located at 1735 West Beltline Road, Desoto, Texas 75115 (the “Property”).11

The value of the Property according to the Dallas County Appraisal District is no less than $515,530.00.

See Exhibit D.

10. As Plaintiff references in her Complaint, she seeks temporary and permanent injunctive relief precluding Trustee from foreclosing on the Property.12

11. Federal jurisdiction can be established by facts alleged in the petition for removal that support a conclusion that the amount in controversy requirement is satisfied.13

“In actions seeking declaratory or injunctive relief, it is well established that the amount in controversy is measured by the value of the object of the litigation.”14

Plaintiff seeks relief which has and will continue to preclude enforcement of the contractual loan obligations or Defendant’s right to foreclose on and take possession of the subject property.

12. “[W]hen the validity of a contract or a right to property is called into question in its entirety, the value of the property controls the amount in controversy.”15

“[T]he amount in controversy, in an action for declaratory or injunctive relief, is the value of the right to be protected or the extent of the injury to be prevented.”16

Also, where a party seeks to quiet title or undo a foreclosure, the object of the litigation is the property at issue and the amount in controversy is measured by the value of the property.17

The value of the subject property in this instance for diversity purposes is no less than $515,530.00 per the records of the Dallas County Appraisal

11 See Plaintiff’s Complaint at ¶ 6.
12 See Complaint at ¶¶ 87-92 and Prayer.
13 Menendez v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 364 Fed. Appx. 62, 66, 2010 WL 445470, 2 (5th Cir. 2010) (unpublished) (citing Garcia v. Koch Oil Co. of Texas, Inc., 351 F.3d 636, 638-39 (5th Cir. 2003)).
14 Hunt v. Wash. State Apple Adver. Comm’n, 432 U.S. 333, 347, 97 S. Ct. 2434, 53 L. Ed. 2d 383 (1977).
15 Waller v. Prof’l Ins. Corp., 296 F.2d 545, 547-48 (5th Cir. 1961).
16 Webb v. Investacorp, Inc., 89 F.3d 252 (5th Cir. 1996), citing Leininger v. Leininger, 705 F. 2d 727 (5th Cir. 1983).
17 See Berry v. Chase Home Fin., LLC, 2009 WL 2868224, at *2 (S.D. Tex. August 27, 2009).

District for 2021. See Exhibit D. The value of the Property in this instance satisfies the jurisdictional amount of $75,000.00 for diversity purposes.

V. FEDERAL QUESTION JURISDICTION

13. Removal is also proper because Plaintiff’s suit involves a federal question.18 A case arises under 28 U.S.C. §1331 if “a well-pleaded complaint establishes either that federal law creates the cause of action or that the plaintiff’s right to relief necessarily depends on resolution of a substantial question of federal law.”19

Further, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has held that “[t]he assertion of a claim under a federal statute alone is sufficient to empower the District Court to assume jurisdiction over the case and determine whether, in fact, the Act does provide the claimed rights.”20

14. Among other claims, Plaintiff has alleged violations of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (“RESPSA”) as codified at 12 USC § 2601-2617 and 12 C.F.R. § 1024 (Regulation X).21

Since Plaintiff’s claims arise under the laws of the United States of America, the United States District Court has original jurisdiction and removal is appropriate.

15. This Court should also exercise supplemental jurisdiction over all claims because they are so related to the federal claims that they form part of the same case or controversy.22

As noted by the Supreme Court, “Section 1367(a) is a broad grant of supplement jurisdiction over other claims within the same case or controversy, as long as the action is one in which the district courts would have had original jurisdiction.”23

Accordingly, this Court also has jurisdiction based on Federal Question jurisdiction.

18 28 U.S.C. §§1331, 1441(b); Grable & Sons Metal Prods., Inc. v. Darue Eng’g & Mfg., 545 U.S. 308, 312 (2005).
19 See Empire Healthchoice Assurance, Inc., v. McVeigh, 547 U.S. 677, 689-90 (2006).
20 Holland/Blue Streak v. Barthelemy, 849 F.2d 987, 988 (5th Circ. 1988).
21 See Complaint at ¶¶ 42-64.
22 See 28 U.S.C. § 1367(a).
23 Exxon Mobil Corp. v. Allpattah Servs., Inc., 545, 558 (2005).

VI. JURY DEMAND

16. Plaintiff has not made any known jury demand in the State Court Action.

VII. CONCLUSION

17. For the foregoing reasons, Defendant asks the Court to remove this suit to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division.

Respectfully submitted,

By: /s/ Michael F. Hord Jr.
Michael F. Hord Jr.
State Bar No. 00784294
Federal I.D. No. 16035

Eric C. Mettenbrink
State Bar No. 24043819
Federal I.D. No. 569887

HIRSCH & WESTHEIMER, P.C.
1415 Louisiana, 36th Floor
Houston, Texas 77002-2772
Tel 713-220-9182 / Fax 713-223-9319
E-mail: mhord@hirschwest.com
Email: emettenbrink@hirschwest.com

ATTORNEYS FOR DEFENDANT CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE

I hereby certify that on this 8th day of December, 2021, a true and correct copy of the foregoing Notice of Removal was forwarded as follows:

Kerry L. Prisock
1371 Hayward Drive
Rockwall, Texas 75087
Email: kprisocklegal@sbcglobal.net
Via Email and
CM RRR 9414 7266 9904 2180 5951 42
and US Mail

/s/ Michael F. Hord Jr. Michael F. Hord Jr.

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U.S. District Court
Northern District of Texas (Dallas)
CIVIL DOCKET FOR CASE #: 3:21-cv-03057-G-BN

Davis v. Select Portfolio Servicing Inc
Assigned to: Senior Judge A. Joe Fish
Referred to: Magistrate Judge David L. Horan

Case in other court:  County Court at Law No. 1, Dallas County, Texas, CC-21-05187

Cause: 28:1331 Fed. Question

Date Filed: 12/08/2021
Jury Demand: None
Nature of Suit: 220 Real Property: Foreclosure
Jurisdiction: Diversity
Plaintiff
Lorita Davis represented by Kerry L Prisock
1371 Hayward Drive
Rockwall, TX 75087
2146323823
Fax: 4692527496
Email: kprisocklegal@sbcglobal.net
LEAD ATTORNEY
ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED
Bar Status: Admitted/In Good Standing
V.
Defendant
Select Portfolio Servicing Inc represented by Michael Foster Hord , Jr
Hirsch & Westheimer PC
1415 Louisiana, 36th Floor
Houston, TX 77002-2772
713-220-9182
Fax: 713-223-9319
Email: mhord@hirschwest.com
LEAD ATTORNEY
ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED
Bar Status: Admitted/In Good StandingEric C Mettenbrink
Hirsch & Westheimer PC
1415 Louisiana
36th Floor
Houston, TX 77002
713-220-9141
Fax: 713-223-9319
Email: emettenbrink@hirschwest.com
ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED
Bar Status: Admitted/In Good Standing

 

Date Filed # Docket Text
12/08/2021 1 NOTICE OF REMOVAL filed by Select Portfolio Servicing, Inc.. (Filing fee $402; receipt number 0539-12441880) In each Notice of Electronic Filing, the judge assignment is indicated, and a link to the Judges Copy Requirements and Judge Specific Requirements is provided. The court reminds the filer that any required copy of this and future documents must be delivered to the judge, in the manner prescribed, within three business days of filing. Unless exempted, attorneys who are not admitted to practice in the Northern District of Texas must seek admission promptly. Forms and Instructions found at www.txnd.uscourts.gov, or by clicking here: Attorney Information – Bar Membership. If admission requirements are not satisfied within 21 days, the clerk will notify the presiding judge. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit(s) A, # 2 Exhibit(s) B, # 3 Exhibit(s) C, # 4 Exhibit(s) C-1, # 5 Exhibit(s) C-2, # 6 Exhibit(s) C-3, # 7 Exhibit(s) C-4, # 8 Exhibit(s) D, # 9 Cover Sheet Civil Cover Sheet, # 10 Cover Sheet Supplement Supplemental Cover Sheet) (Hord, Michael) (Entered: 12/08/2021)
12/08/2021 2 CERTIFICATE OF INTERESTED PERSONS/DISCLOSURE STATEMENT by Select Portfolio Servicing, Inc.. (Hord, Michael) (Entered: 12/08/2021)
12/08/2021 3 New Case Notes: A filing fee has been paid. CASREF case referral set and case referred to Magistrate Judge Horan (see Special Order 3). Pursuant to Misc. Order 6, Plaintiff is provided the Notice of Right to Consent to Proceed Before A U.S. Magistrate Judge (Judge Horan). Clerk to provide copy to plaintiff if not received electronically. (mjr) (Entered: 12/09/2021)
12/09/2021 4 ORDER REQUIRING CONFERENCE AND JOINT STATUS REPORT: Joint Proposed Scheduling Order due by 1/13/2022. (Ordered by Magistrate Judge David L. Horan on 12/9/2021) (mjr) (Entered: 12/09/2021)
12/09/2021 5 MOTION to Appear Without Local Counsel filed by Select Portfolio Servicing Inc (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Order) (Hord, Michael) (Entered: 12/09/2021)
12/09/2021 6 ORDER granting 5 Unopposed Motion for Leave to Appear Without Local Counsel. (Ordered by Magistrate Judge David L. Horan on 12/9/2021) (mcrd) (Entered: 12/09/2021)

D.A. Davis is the author of two books, Barren Vines and Empty Baskets; Love must Confront. Davis is honored to be married to First Lady Lorita Davis, they have three children and three grand children.

Davis is a multi-faceted, multi-talented professional who is adept and skilled in many areas of ministry, business, literature, communication and education.  He is the founder and senior pastor of Spirit Fellowship Church, one of the faster growing church in Desoto, Texas and one of the most uniquely established ministries in the Dallas/Ft. Worth, metroplex.

Davis is a former IRS employee, Military Officer, and business executive and currently holds the title of Bishop. Also, he is a ‘Cancer’ survivor, proven business leader, public speaker and relationship coach. He engages his audience through life classes and public seminars in various areas of disciplines.

With over twenty-five years in ministry and nearly two decades in the pastorate, and thirty two years of marriage Davis enjoys a prolific, storied career in leading people and impacting their habitate.

In God We Trust and to Hell with Sunday School Chief Judge Owen et al, Sayeth the Pastor
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