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Aubee v. Selene Finance LP, No. 20-1321 (1st Cir. 2022)

The First Circuit reversed the order of the district court dismissing Plaintiffs’ breach of contract claim against Wilmington Savings Fund Society, FSB and otherwise affirmed the district court order dismissing Plaintiffs’ complaint against Wilmington Savings and Selene Finance LP, holding that the district court erred in part.

Plaintiffs filed a complaint seeking a declaratory judgment that Defendants breached the parties’ mortgage contract by selling their property through a non-judicial foreclosure, thus rendering the foreclosure void. Specifically, Plaintiffs alleged that the foreclosure and sale were conducted without providing adequate notice, as required by the mortgage contract. The district court granted Defendants’ motion to dismiss. The First Circuit reversed in part, holding (1) Plaintiffs stated a claim that the notice of default failed strictly to comply with the requirements of the mortgage contract, and therefore, dismissal of their claim against Wilmington Savings was improper; and (2) as to the remaining claims, dismissal was proper.

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