Thompson v. Jpmorgan Chase Bank, N.A., 020819 FED1, 18-1559

Docket Nº:18-1559
Opinion Judge:Boudin, Circuit Judge.
Party Name:MARK R. THOMPSON; BETH A. THOMPSON, Plaintiffs, Appellants, v. JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A., Defendant, Appellee.
Attorney:Todd S. Dion on brief for appellants. Juan S. Lopez, Jeffrey D. Adams, and Parker Ibrahim & Berg LLP on brief for appellee.
Judge Panel:Before Thompson, Boudin, and Kayatta, Circuit Judges.
Case Date:February 08, 2019
Court:United States Courts of Appeals, Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
 
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MARK R. THOMPSON; BETH A. THOMPSON, Plaintiffs, Appellants,

v.

JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A., Defendant, Appellee.

No. 18-1559

United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit

February 8, 2019

APPEAL FROM THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS [Hon. Rya W. Zobel, U.S. District Judge]

Todd S. Dion on brief for appellants.

Juan S. Lopez, Jeffrey D. Adams, and Parker Ibrahim & Berg LLP on brief for appellee.

Before Thompson, Boudin, and Kayatta, Circuit Judges.

Boudin, Circuit Judge.

Mark and Beth Thompson sued JPMorgan Chase Bank ("Chase") for breach of contract and violating the statutory power of sale Massachusetts affords mortgagees. Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 183, § 21. The Thompsons alleged Chase failed to comply with the notice requirements in their mortgage before foreclosing on their property. The district court granted Chase's motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim.

On June 13, 2006, the Thompsons granted a mortgage to Washington Mutual Bank on their house to secure a loan in the amount of $322, 500. The mortgage included two paragraphs, both standard mortgage provisions in Massachusetts, relevant to this appeal.

First, paragraph 22 required that prior to accelerating payment by the Thompsons, Washington Mutual had to provide the Thompsons notice specifying: (a) the default; (b) the action required to cure the default; (c) a date, not less than 30 days from the date the notice is given to Borrower, by which the default must be cured; and (d) that failure to cure the default on or before the date specified in the notice may result in acceleration of the sums secured by this Security Instrument and sale of the Property.

In addition, paragraph 22 required Washington Mutual to inform the Thompsons of "the right to reinstate after acceleration and the right to bring a court action to assert the non-existence of a default or any other defense of Borrower to acceleration and sale."

Second, paragraph 19 described the Thompsons' right to reinstate after acceleration, including the conditions and time limitations related to that right. If Borrower meets certain conditions, Borrower shall have the right to have enforcement of this Security Instrument discontinued at any time prior to the earliest of: (a) five days before the sale of the Property pursuant to any power of sale contained in this Security Instrument; (b) such other period as Applicable Law might specify for the termination of Borrower's right to reinstate; or (c) entry of judgment enforcing this Security Instrument. Those conditions are that Borrower: (a) pays Lender all sums which then would be due under this Security Instrument and the Note as if no acceleration had occurred; (b) cures any default of any other covenants or agreements; (c) pays all expenses incurred in enforcing this Security Instrument, including, but not limited to...

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