BANK OF NEW YORK AS TRUSTEE vs HANNIBLE | FL 8th JUD. Cir - ORDER GRANTING MOTION FOR RELIEF AND VACATING FINAL JUDGMENT AND JUDICIAL SALE

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BANK OF NEW YORK AS TRUSTEE vs HANNIBLE | FL 8th JUD. Cir. – ORDER GRANTING MOTION FOR RELIEF AND VACATING FINAL JUDGMENT AND JUDICIAL SALE

BANK OF NEW YORK AS TRUSTEE vs HANNIBLE | FL 8th JUD. Cir. – ORDER GRANTING MOTION FOR RELIEF AND VACATING FINAL JUDGMENT AND JUDICIAL SALE

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE EIGHTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR ALACHUA COUNTY, FLORIDA

BANK OF NEW YORK AS TRUSTEE
FOR THE CIRTIFICATES HOLDERS CWABS,
INC., ASSET-BACKED CERTIFICATES
SERIES 2005-14,
Plaintiff,

v.

OLIVIA HANNIBLE, et al.,
Defendants.

ORDER GRANTING MOTION FOR RELIEF AND VACATING FINAL JUDGMENT
AND JUDICIAL SALE

THIS CAUSE came before the Court on Defendant Olivia Parler’s (formerly Olivia Hannible)
motion and amended motion to stay writ of possession, motion for relief from final judgment, and
motion to set aside judicial sale. All parties were properly noticed. Attorney Glorimil Walker
appeared on behalf of Defendant Olivia Parler, and Attorneys Bruce Brashear and Peter Focks
appeared on behalf of Jonphe Guilamo, the movant for writ of possession (as assignee of the
subject property from Plaintiff following judicial sale). By separate Order, the Court has granted the
Defendant’s motion to stay writ of possession.

Defendant’s present motion for relief from final judgment is essentially the renewal of a
motion made by Defendant much earlier in this litigation that has never been ruled upon. The
complaint in this mortgage foreclosure action was filed on December 28, 2007. The Defendants,
Olivia Hannible and James Hannible, did not answer the complaint after it was served upon them,
and a default was entered as to both of them on March 27, 2008. Thereafter, the Plaintiff moved for
summary final judgment. Despite having included in its complaint a count for re-establishment of a
lost note, Plaintiff filed what it purported to be the original adjustable rate note and original mortgage.
Plaintiff is not the original payee and mortgagee, but claimed to be the owner and holder thereof.

Plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment was set for hearing, canceled and rescheduled several
times. Eventually the case was referred to a general magistrate. At a conference with the general
magistrate, the Plaintiff appeared1 and a date was set for a non-jury trial before the general
magistrate. It appears that the notice setting this non-jury trial which was sent to Defendant Olivia
Parler was returned due to an insufficient address. Thereafter, Plaintiff set and served notice of a
hearing on its motion for summary judgment, setting it for the same date and time as the non-jury
trial, but indicating that its motion would be heard by a circuit judge, not the general magistrate. This
notice was sent to Defendant at an address which appears to be the same address at which
Defendant was originally served with process. Then, approximately ten days before the scheduled
hearing and non-jury trial, Plaintiff’s counsel served a notice of cancellation of the hearing which it
had scheduled before the judge. The non-jury trial before the magistrate, however, was held, and
the transcript indicates that the Defendant, who did not receive proper notice, did not appear.
Thereafter the magistrate filed a report and recommendation and a final judgment of foreclosure,
which included items of unliquidated damages, was entered by the Court. Approximately three
weeks after service of the final judgment of foreclosure, the Defendant filed a “Motion to Cancel
Sale”,2 pro se. In this motion, the Defendant claimed that she was not afforded the opportunity to be
present at the non-jury trial because she had received a notice from Plaintiff’s counsel that the only
hearing she knew about had been canceled. Shortly thereafter, Plaintiff also filed a motion to cancel
the sale because it needed additional time to assure compliance with a consent order entered in a
matter involving the U.S. Department of Justice and the Florida Attorney General’s office. Although
both parties were at that time requesting the cancellation of the foreclosure sale, the Plaintiff’s
motion was denied. There is no indication, however, of any ruling with respect to the Defendant’s
motion to cancel sale (or for relief from judgment entered without notice).
Perceiving that the Court’s denial of the Plaintiff’s motion to cancel sale was an indication that the sale would not be canceled,

the pro se Defendant then filed an appeal on the day before the scheduled sale. It was described
as an appeal of the denial of the motion to cancel sale. Nonetheless, the sale took place on the
following day, and the schedule of bids indicates that Plaintiff was the successful bidder. This first
appeal by the pro se Defendant was eventually dismissed because the Defendant could not comply
with the requirement that she file a conformed copy of the order being appealed. There never
having been an order entered on her motion to cancel sale, this would have been impossible to do.
Regardless, Defendant tried in various inartful ways to request that the sale and the certificate of
sale be “revoked”, repeating her claim that she had never had an opportunity to be present at the
non-jury trial which resulted in entry of the final judgment of foreclosure.

A second appeal was filed with respect to denial of another post-judgment motion by
Defendant. This appeal was initially dismissed and then reinstated. As part of that pending appeal,
an order requiring Defendant to post a $5,000 bond to avoid a writ of possession was reviewed and
approved. Both parties agree that the matters under present consideration by this court would not
interfere with the issues pending in the appellate court, although that appeal would certainly be
impacted and rendered moot if the final judgment (which is not on appeal) was vacated.
Although defaulted, and precluded from contesting liability, the Defendant is still entitled to
be heard on the issue of unliquidated damages. Donohue v. Brightman, 939 So. 2d 1162 (Fla. 4th
DCA 2006). No motion has ever been made which seeks to challenge or set aside the entry of
default against the Defendant, and the time to do so based on excusable neglect has expired.

Accordingly, it is hereby ORDERED AND ADJUDGED:

1. The final judgment of foreclosure is vacated and set aside. The judicial sale
is likewise set aside.

2. This matter will be set for a case management conference for the purpose of
establishing a new non-jury trial date on the issue of damages and any other
issues not otherwise precluded by entry of default.

3. Until further order of the Court, all remaining issues herein will be set before
and resolved by the undersigned judge unless and until reassigned.

DONE AND ORDERED in Chambers, at Gainesville, Alachua County, Florida on this 21
day of March 2014.
__________________________________
TOBY S. MONACO, CIRCUIT JUDGE

I HEREBY CERTIFY that copies have been furnished by e-mail delivery and/or U.S. Mail on
March 21, 2014, to the following:

Peter C. Focks, Esq.
pfocks@nflalaw.com

Michael Bruning, Esq
mbruning@acdlaw.com

Tricia J. Druthiers, Esq.
tjd@lgplaw.com

J. Raldolph Liebler, Esq.
service@lgplaw.com

Smith, Hiatt & Diaz, P.A.
answers@shdlegalgroup.com

Glorimil R. Walker, Esq.
Three Rivers Legal Services
Gloria.walker@trls.org

_____________________________________
Mary A. Jarvis, Judicial Assistant

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One Response to “BANK OF NEW YORK AS TRUSTEE vs HANNIBLE | FL 8th JUD. Cir. – ORDER GRANTING MOTION FOR RELIEF AND VACATING FINAL JUDGMENT AND JUDICIAL SALE”

  1. Seems like the facts are out on the non securitized loans and the affidavits of fraud on their face.

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