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Foreclosure Law Appellate Court Opinion

by Zigadto, Janet


AC44437 - Cummings Enterprise, Inc. v. Moutinho ("The plaintiff, Cummings Enterprise, Inc., appeals from the judgment of the trial court dismissing for lack of standing its foreclosure action brought against the defendant, Manuel Moutinho, Trustee for the Mark IV Construction Co., Inc., 401 (K) Savings Plan. The court granted the defendant's motion to dismiss, concluding that the plaintiff lacked standing to bring a foreclosure action because any mortgage interest that the plaintiff once may have held with respect to the subject property, an undeveloped building lot in Stratford, had been foreclosed in an earlier foreclosure action brought by the defendant. Because the plaintiff, who was defaulted for failure to appear in the prior foreclosure action, made no effort to redeem on or before its designated law day, its mortgage interest was extinguished, and, after all law days had passed, title to the property vested in the defendant, leaving the property no longer subject to the plaintiff's mortgage. On appeal, the plaintiff raises a number of convoluted arguments challenging the court's granting of the motion to dismiss. On the basis of our thorough review of the record, briefs, and applicable law, we conclude that the plaintiff's arguments are devoid of merit. Accordingly, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.")