Bushell v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. | CA 3rd Appellate Dist. - H.A.M.P ... We conclude plaintiffs have sufficiently alleged causes of action for breach of contract, promissory estoppel, and fraud based on false promise

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Bushell v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. | CA 3rd Appellate Dist. – H.A.M.P … We conclude plaintiffs have sufficiently alleged causes of action for breach of contract, promissory estoppel, and fraud based on false promise

Bushell v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. | CA 3rd Appellate Dist. – H.A.M.P … We conclude plaintiffs have sufficiently alleged causes of action for breach of contract, promissory estoppel, and fraud based on false promise

Filed 10/22/13

CERTIFIED FOR PUBLICATION

IN THE COURT OF APPEAL OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
THIRD APPELLATE DISTRICT
(Placer)

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RICHARD BUSHELL et al.,
Plaintiffs and Appellants,

v.

JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A.,
Defendant and Respondent.
APPEAL from a judgment of the Superior Court of Placer County, Michael A. Jacques, Court Commissioner. Reversed.

United Law Center, John S. Sargetis and Jon L. Oldenburg for Plaintiffs and Appellants.
AlvaradoSmith, Theodore E. Bacon and Ricardo Diego Navarrette for Defendant and Respondent.

In this action arising from a home foreclosure, the trial court sustained, without leave to amend, defendant lender?s demurrer to plaintiff borrowers? complaint. The complaint alleges causes of action for breach of contract, promissory estoppel, and fraud based on intentional misrepresentation or false promise. Specifically, plaintiffs allege that defendant, under a trial modification mortgage plan, offered to permanently modify the plaintiffs? mortgage loan, provided plaintiffs complied with the terms of the trial modification plan by returning certain requested documents, making timely trial modification payments, and qualifying under a federal program that seeks to reduce home foreclosures, the Home Affordable Mortgage Program (hereafter, HAMP).

Two recent appellate decisions provide guidance on this subject, one from the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Three (West v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (2013) 214 Cal.App.4th 780 (West)) and the other from the federal Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals (Wigod v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. (7th.Cir. 2012) 673 F.3d 547 (Wigod)). These two decisions, which were issued after the trial court ruled here, concluded that when a borrower has alleged that he or she has complied with all the terms of a trial modification plan offered under HAMP—including making all required payments and providing all required documentation—and if the borrower?s representations on which the modification is based remain true and correct, the lender or loan servicer (collectively hereafter, the lender) must offer the borrower a good faith permanent modification; and if the lender fails to do so, the borrower may sue the lender, under state law, for breach of contract of the trial modification plan, among other causes of action.

We conclude plaintiffs have sufficiently alleged causes of action for breach of contract, promissory estoppel, and fraud based on false promise. Therefore, we shall reverse on those bases.1

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One Response to “Bushell v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. | CA 3rd Appellate Dist. – H.A.M.P … We conclude plaintiffs have sufficiently alleged causes of action for breach of contract, promissory estoppel, and fraud based on false promise”

  1. Rydstrom Law says:

    CA Supreme Court Petition for review by Chase Bank was DENIED Jul 2013; West v. Chase is now the law of HAMP land (in CA).

    Note: The Ca Appellate Court made it mandatory for the bank to CONVERT a TPP into a Perm. Mod. — even if the letter agreement was conditional and not absolute because it imposed HAMP directives and bank promises to support Fraud, Breach of Contract, Promissory Estoppel, Negl. Misrep., and Unfair Business Practices (BP 17200).
    West Attorney: Rich Rydstrom 1877Win4You http://www.RydstromLaw.com

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