Trustee Deutsche Bank National Trust Company

S.D.N.Y. Denies Motion for Sampling in Trustee Action

 

On May 17, 2018, Judge Jesse M. Furman of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York denied the BlackRock Plaintiffs’ request to use sampling to prove their case against an RMBS trustee in BlackRock Balanced Capital Portfolio (FI) v. Deutsche Bank National Trust Company. In reaching this conclusion, Judge Furman noted that his decision was consistent with those reached by other S.D.N.Y. judges in similar actions against RMBS trustees Wells Fargo and HSBC (previously covered here and here). Echoing those decisions, Judge Furman held that sampling was of limited benefit because the BlackRock Plaintiffs had to prove liability and damages loan-by-loan and trust-by-trust. Memorandum Opinion & Order

New York Appellate Court Dismisses Two Deutsche Bank RBMS Suits Under California’s Four-Year Statute Of Limitations

 

On December 5, 2017, the First Department of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York unanimously overturned a New York Supreme Court holding that California’s statute of limitations did not bar Plaintiff’s claims.  Trustee Deutsche Bank National Trust Company (“DBNTC“) had brought suit against Barclays Bank PLC and HSBC (collectively, the “Defendants“).  The Defendants had moved to dismiss on the grounds that New York’s borrowing statute, CPLR 202, requires out-of-state plaintiffs to bring cases within the timeframes set forth in statutes of limitations established under both New York law and under the place “where the cause of action accrued.”  Defendants argued that the suits brought by DBNTC, whose principal place of business is California, were thus barred by California’s four-year statute of limitations for contract actions.  DBNTC argued that the New York choice-of-law clauses of the underlying contracts should determine the applicable statute of limitations.  The First Department held that “because these provisions do not expressly incorporate the New York statute of limitations, they cannot be read to encompass that [six-year] limitation period.”  Rather, “in cases where (as here) the alleged injury is purely economic,” the cause of action is deemed “to have accrued in the jurisdiction of the plaintiff’s residence.”  Decision.