Fifth Circuit

It’s Me Against You. Chief Judge Lee Rosenthal, S.D. Texas v. Lennie Jackson, Pro Se Civil Litigant

Lennie Jackson v. Wells Fargo N.A. Jackson is precluded from making further filings in this case without leave of court. The Clerk will not accept new filings submitted by Jackson in this case. (4:20-cv-01172), District Court, S.D. Texas

LIT COMMENTARY

LIT is very disturbed by the latest orders that were handed down by the Chief Judge for the Southern District Federal Court in Houston, Texas and the “It’s Me Against You” attitude by a judge to a civil litigant. Indeed it sparks a reminder of a video we posted only last week from the Georgia State Appellate Court addressing this very matter. In that case, Chief Judge Stephen Dillard was also appalled at a similar ‘it’s me against you’ case and referring to it as “nonsense on stilts” in the subsequent opinion (see video below).

Here, after review of the facts, we can recognize Chief Judge Lee Rosenthal is seemingly frustrated, however, she is taking the law into her own hands by issuing an all writs permanent injunction on a FUTURE act.

Nowhere have we found that due process can be trampled on based on hearsay and conclusory statements and relying upon a future event, in this case a new law suit in State Court.

Rosenthal knows she is violating this citizen’s constitutional rights,  yet she does not shy away from penning her violative order(s) and abusing her power. For a very experienced Chief Judge to commit such intentional act(s) is inexcusable.

LIT UPDATE (APRIL 1, 2021)

Lennie’s Appeal to the Fifth Circuit is proceeding IFP. This will allow him to address the constitutional violations by Chief Judge Lee Rosenthal’s filing restrictions and injunctions. He’s filing motions objecting to the feds taking an interest in state property. We’ll keep y’all posted.

LIT UPDATE

FIFTH CIRCUIT APPEAL

Court of Appeals Docket #: 20-20651 Docketed: 12/17/2020
Nature of Suit: 4290 Other Property Actions
Jackson v. Wells Fargo Bank
Appeal From: Southern District of Texas, Houston
Fee Status: IFP pending 5CCA
Case Type Information:
     1) Private Civil Diversity
     2) Private
     3)
Originating Court Information:
     District: 0541-4 : 4:20-CV-1172
     Originating Judge: Lee H. Rosenthal, Chief Judge
     Date Filed: 04/01/2020
     Date NOA Filed:      Date Rec’d COA:
     12/14/2020      12/14/2020

03/04/2021 Open Document MOTION filed by Appellant Mr. Lennie Jackson to proceed in forma pauperis [9519256-2] Fee deadline canceled. [20-20651] (CCR) [Entered: 03/08/2021 10:51 AM]
03/08/2021 AFFIDAVIT OF FINANCIAL STATUS filed by Appellant Mr. Lennie Jackson in support of the Motion to proceed IFP filed by Appellant Mr. Lennie Jackson in 20-20651 [9519256-2].. [20-20651] (CCR) [Entered: 03/08/2021 10:53 AM]
03/08/2021 ELECTRONIC RECORD ON APPEAL REQUESTED from District Court for 4:20-CV-1172. Electronic ROA due on 03/23/2021. [20-20651] (CCR) [Entered: 03/08/2021 10:58 AM]
03/09/2021 ELECTRONIC RECORD ON APPEAL FILED. Admitted Exhibits on File in District Court? No. Video/Audio Exhibits on File in District Court? No. Electronic ROA deadline satisfied. [20-20651] (RLL) [Entered: 03/09/2021 12:24 PM]
03/09/2021 Open Document BRIEFING NOTICE ISSUED A/Pet’s Brief Due on 04/19/2021 for Appellant Lennie Jackson. [20-20651] (RLL) [Entered: 03/09/2021 12:27 PM]
03/10/2021 Open Document LETTER filed [20-20651] REVIEWED AND/OR EDITED – The original text prior to review appeared as follows: LETTER filed by Appellee Wells Fargo, N.A. Letter Requesting Update of Appellee Name from Wells Fargo,N.A., to its proper name of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., as Trustee for the MASTR Asset Backed Securities Trust 2007-NCW Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates Series 2007-NCW.. Date of Service: 03/10/2021 via email – Attorney for Appellee: Cronenwett [20-20651] (Mark Douglas Cronenwett ) [Entered: 03/10/2021 05:28 PM]
03/11/2021 Open Document CASE CAPTION updated. Appellee Wells Fargo, N.A. in 20-20651 substituted by Appellee Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., as Trustee for the MASTR Asset Backed Securities Trust 2007-NCW Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates Series 2007-NCW in 20-20651 [20-20651] (RLL) [Entered: 03/11/2021 11:42 AM]
03/17/2021 Open Document MOTION filed by Appellant Mr. Lennie Jackson objecting to the court presiding over predominate state actions [9528295-2]. Date of service: 03/10/2021 [20-20651] (CCR) [Entered: 03/17/2021 02:41 PM]
03/17/2021 Open Document DOCUMENT RECEIVED – NO ACTION TAKEN. No action will be taken at this time on the motion to foward the appeal record because the record from the district court in it’s entirety is already on file with the 5th Circuit [20-20651] (CCR) [Entered: 03/17/2021 02:49 PM]
04/01/2021 Open Document BRIEF IN SUPPORT filed by Appellant Mr. Lennie Jackson in support of Motion objecting to the court presiding over predominate state actions [9528295-2]. Date of Service: 03/31/2021. [9540551-1] [20-20651] (CCR) [Entered: 04/01/2021 10:27 AM]

Lennie Jackson v. Wells Fargo N.A. Jackson

PERMANENT INJUNCTION

FEB 23, 2021 | REPUBLISHED BY LIT: MAR 16, 2021

Wells Fargo’s motion to extend the temporary restraining order to a permanent injunction, (Docket Entry No. 217), is granted.

Lennie Jackson is enjoined from filing any new lawsuit in any court, whether or state or federal, to challenge the ownership or the validity of the August 7, 2018 foreclosure sale of the real property located at 12631 Drifting Winds Drive, Houston, Texas 77044, described as:

LOT TWENTY-ONE (21), IN BLOCK THREE (3) OF PARKWAY FOREST, SECTION ONE (1), AN ADDITION IN HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN VOLUME 194, PAGE 119 OF THE MAP RECORDS OF HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS.

SIGNED on February 23, 2021, at Houston, Texas.

 

 

Chief Judge Lee Rosenthal

Lennie Jackson v. Wells Fargo N.A. Jackson

TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER / ALL WRITS ACT

FEB 9, 2021 | REPUBLISHED BY LIT: MAR 16, 2021

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

This court has entered final judgment against Jackson on his claims, (Docket Entry No. 182), and denied his motion for reconsideration, (Docket Entry No. 178). The court granted summary judgment for Wells Fargo because Jackson lacks standing to pursue his claims and because, even if he had standing, his claims are utterly without merit. (Docket Entry No. 174). The court entered its final judgment on December 17, 2020. (Docket Entry No. 182). Jackson appealed. (Docket Entry No. 176).

Despite his pending appeal, Jackson continued to file baseless and frivolous motions and documents in this court. The court entered a preclusion order barring Jackson from further filings in this case without leave of court. (Docket Entry No. 212). Counsel for Wells Fargo now moves for an emergency temporary restraining order under the All Writs Act, 28 U.S.C. § 1651, barring Jackson from filing a new case in state court based on the same claims that this court has already considered and rejected. (Docket Entry No. 214). The court grants the motion for a temporary restraining order for the reasons set out below.

I.                   Authority under the All Writs Act and Anti-Injunction Act

The All Writs Act

The All Writs Act provides that “all courts established by Act of Congress may issue all writs necessary or appropriate in aid of their respective jurisdictions and agreeable to the usages and principles of law.” 28 U.S.C. § 1651. The All Writs Act is not an independent source of jurisdiction. A court may issue orders under the Act only “as may be necessary or appropriate to effectuate and prevent the frustration of orders it has previously issued in its exercise of jurisdiction otherwise obtained.” Texas v. Real Parties In Interest, 259 F.3d 387, 392 (5th Cir. 2001) (quoting United States v. New York Telephone, 434 U.S. 159, 172 (1977)). Courts construe the Act narrowly and apply it only under “such extraordinary circumstances . . . that indisputably demand such a course of action as absolutely necessary to vouchsafe the central integrity of the federal court judgment.” Id. at 395.

The Anti-Injunction Act

Authority under the All Writs Act is limited by the Anti-Injunction Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2283, which generally bars federal courts from interfering with state-court litigation. The Act provides three exceptions. Courts may issue injunctions that affect state-court proceedings when: (1) the injunction is expressly authorized by Congress; (2) the court is acting in aid of its jurisdiction; or (3) when the court is acting to protect or effectuate its judgments. See Hill v. Washburne, 953 F.3d 296, 307-08 (5th Cir. 2020).

Jackson seeks to file a new state-court lawsuit based on claims this court has already decided. The third “relitigation” exception applies. The purpose of the relitigation exception is to “to prevent state litigation of an issue that previously was presented to and decided by the federal court.” Chick Kam Choo v. Exxon Corp., 486 U.S. 140, 147 (1988). The test for the relitigation exception is the same test used to determine whether a second lawsuit is precluded by a judgment in an earlier case. Vasquez v. Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc., 325 F.3d 665, 675–76 (5th Cir. 2003). The test requires that: (1) parties in the later action are identical to or in privity with the parties in the previous action; (2) the judgment in the previous action was rendered by a court of competent jurisdiction; (3) the previous action was concluded with a final judgment on the merits; and (4) the same claim or cause of action is involved in both suits. Id.

Jackson’s proposed new Harris County District Court suit falls within the relitigation exception to the Anti-Injunction Act. The plaintiff, Jackson, and the defendants, Wells Fargo and BL Enterprise, were the parties to Jackson’s suit in this court. (Compare Docket Entry No. 214-1 at A-2 with Docket Entry No. 1-1 at 7). This is a court of competent jurisdiction. This suit ended in a final judgment on the merits. (Docket Entry No. 182).

Finally, the claims and causes of action Jackson outlines in his proposed new Harris County District Court suit were already decided in this case.

In both cases, Jackson seeks to challenge Wells Fargo’s August 7, 2018 foreclosure on the basis that a prior mortgagee, New Century Mortgage Corporation, lacked standing to assign the mortgage. (Compare Docket Entry No. 214-1 at A-2 with Docket Entry No. 1-1 at 7). This court analyzed and rejected that claim.

Jackson’s claims are currently on appeal. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has held that district courts are empowered to enter injunctions protecting their final judgments while those judgments remain in force, including when the judgment is appealed. Woods Expl. & Producing Co. v. Aluminum Co. of Am., 438 F.2d 1286, 1315–16 (5th Cir. 1971) (explaining that, even when a final judgment was reversed on appeal, “at the time the trial court entered the injunction it was empowered to do so because there was at that time a final federal judgment on the same causes of action asserted in the state suit, which judgment it could protect by injunction.”); accord Laird v. Integrated Res., Inc, 897 F.2d 826, 843 (5th Cir. 1990); see also Wright & Miller § 4226 (3d ed.) (“No independent basis of jurisdiction is required for a federal court to entertain an application to enjoin relitigation in state court.

. . . [T]he jurisdiction that the federal court had when it entered its original judgment is enough to support its issuance of an injunction.”).

This court entered a final judgment on Jackson’s claims on December 17, 2020, (Docket Entry No. 182), and has the authority to protect that judgment through an injunction despite Jackson’s pending appeal.1

II.                Temporary Restraining Order Standard

A court may grant a temporary restraining order or preliminary injunction only if the movant shows: “(1) a substantial likelihood of success on the merits, (2) a substantial threat of irreparable injury if the injunction is not issued, (3) that the threatened injury if the injunction is denied outweighs any harm that will result if the injunction is granted, and (4) that the grant of an injunction will not disserve the public interest.” Jones v. Tex. Dep’t of Criminal Justice, 880 F.3d 756, 759 (5th Cir. 2018) (per curiam) (quoting Byrum v. Landreth, 566 F.3d 442, 445 (5th Cir. 2009)). The party seeking injunctive relief must meet all four requirements. Jordan v. Fisher, 823 F.3d 805, 809 (5th Cir. 2016) (quoting Bluefield Water Ass’n v. City of Starkville, 577 F.3d 250, 253 (5th Cir. 2009)). “[A] preliminary injunction is an extraordinary remedy never awarded as of right,” and it “does not follow as a matter of course from a plaintiff’s showing of a likelihood of success on the merits.” Benisek v. Lamone, 138 S. Ct. 1942, 1943–44 (2018) (quotation omitted). Wells Fargo has satisfied the success on the merits prong; the court awarded summary judgment for Wells Fargo on all of Jackson’s claims in this case.

Wells Fargo has also shown that it will suffer irreparable injury from the new lawsuit, arguing that “it has been forced to expend excessive legal fees defending against Plaintiff’s vexatious and frivolous claims, each of which presents a cloud on title when Defendant attempts to market the subject property.” (Docket Entry No. 214 at 4).

The Fifth Circuit recently found that a district court did not clearly err in finding an irreparable injury when concurrent state-court proceedings would have deprived the plaintiff of the benefit of a settlement agreement and incurred the additional expense of defending the state-court lawsuit. Hill, 953 F.3d at 309; see also Quintero v. Klaveness Ship Lines, 914 F.2d 717, 720 (5th Cir. 1990) (the district court did not abuse its discretion by granting an injunction to prevent an irreparable injury caused by the cost of relitigating an previously-decided issue in state court).

The injury Wells Fargo asserts is similar. Wells Fargo has already litigated the merits of Jackson’s claims in this lawsuit, and responded to numerous frivolous and repetitive filings.

It will be irreparably injured if it is subject to another frivolous suit based on the same, rejected, claims.

Third, the balance of the harms favors Wells Fargo. Jackson’s claims are both frivolous and foreclosed by preclusion. He has nothing to lose if he is barred from continued pursuit of his meritless claims.

Finally, an injunction will serve the public interest in the enforcement of preclusion, the finality of judgments, and the conservation of judicial resources. See Procter & Gambel Co. v. Amway Corp., 376 F.3d 496, 499 (5th Cir. 2004) (“claim preclusion, or pure res judicata, is the venerable legal canon that insures the finality of judgments and thereby conserves judicial resources and protects litigants from multiple lawsuits.” (quotation omitted) (alteration omitted)).

III.             Conclusion

Wells Fargo’s emergency motion for a temporary restraining order, (Docket Entry No. 214), is granted.

Lennie Jackson is enjoined from filing any new lawsuit in any court, whether or state or federal, to challenge the ownership or the validity of the August 7, 2018 foreclosure sale of the real property located at 12631 Drifting Winds Drive, Houston, Texas 77044, described as:

LOT TWENTY-ONE (21), IN BLOCK THREE (3) OF PARKWAY FOREST, SECTION ONE (1), AN ADDITION IN HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN VOLUME 194, PAGE 119 OF THE MAP RECORDS OF HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS.

SIGNED on February 9, 2021, at Houston, Texas.

 

 

Lee H. Rosenthal
Chief United States District Judge

1 This court found that Jackson’s appeal is frivolous (Docket Entry No. 213). But, if the court’s judgment is reversed on appeal, the injunction will be voided. See Woods, 438 F.2d at 1316.

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