SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT
for the Commonwealth
Case Docket

HENRIETTA EATON vs. FEDERAL NATIONAL MORTGAGE ASSOCIATION & another
SJC-11041


CASE HEADER
Case Status Argued, under advisement Status Date 01/30/2012
Nature Mortgage/foreclosure law Entry Date 09/06/2011
Appellant Defendant Case Type Civil
Brief Status Brief Due
Quorum Ireland, C.J., Spina, Cordy, Botsford, Gants, Duffly, Lenk, JJ.
Argued Date 10/03/2011 Decision Date
AC/SJ Number 2011-P-1478 Citation
DAR/FAR Number Lower Ct Number 2011-J-0311 & SUCV2011-1
Lower Court Appeals Ct-Single Justice Lower Ct Judge Judd J. Carhart, J.
Route to SJC Sua Sponte Transfer from Appeals Court
INVOLVED PARTY ATTORNEY APPEARANCE
Henrietta Eaton
Plaintiff/Appellee
Red brief filed
H. Esme Caramello, Esquire
David A. Grossman, Esquire
Federal National Mortgage Associ
Defendant/Appellant
Blue br & appendix transf w/case
18 Reply Br.
Joseph P. Calandrelli, Esquire
Withdrawn
Richard E. Briansky, Esquire
Green Tree Servicing, LLC
Defendant/Appellant
On brief of another party
Joseph P. Calandrelli, Esquire
Richard E. Briansky, Esquire
Adam J. Levitin
Amicus
Amicus brief filed
WilmerHale Legal Services Center
Amicus
Amicus brief filed
Max Weinstein, Esquire
National Consumer Law Center
Amicus
On brief of another party
Stuart T. Rossman, Esquire
Paul Collier
Amicus
On brief of another party
Paul R. Collier, III, Esquire
Marie McDonnell
Amicus
Amicus brief filed
Real Estate Bar Association
Amicus
Diane C. Tillotson, Esquire
Robert J. Moriarty, Esquire
Thomas O. Moriarty, Esquire
Abstract Club
Amicus
Diane C. Tillotson, Esquire
Suzette McKenna
Other interested party
Glenn F. Russell, Jr., Esquire
John L. O’Brien
Amicus
Ablitt Scofield, P.C.
Amicus
James L. Rogal, Esquire
Steven A. Ablitt, Esquire
The American Land Title Association
Amicus
Mark B. Johnson, Esquire
Motgage Bankers Association
Amicus
Richard Oetheimer, Esquire
Suchand Reddy Pingli
Amicus
Katherine McDonough
Amicus
Robert P. Marley
Pro Se Amicus
Amicus brief filed
Federal Housing Finance Agency
Amicus
Amicus brief filed
Asim Varma
Out-of-state counsel for amicus
Douglas M. Humphrey
Out-of-state counsel for amicus
Robert Napolitano
Amicus
Amicus brief filed
BRIEFS
Appellants FNMA Brief Appellants FNMA Brief Appellee Eaton Brief Appellee Eaton Brief
Amicus Levitin Brief Amicus Levitin Brief Amicus Wilmerhale Brief Amicus Wilmerhale Brief
Appellants FNMA Reply Brief Appellants FNMA Reply Brief Amicus McDonnell Brief Amicus McDonnell Brief
Amicus Real Estate Brief Amicus Real Estate Brief Amicus Ablitt Scofield Brief Amicus Ablitt Scofield Brief
Amicus Land Title Assoc Brief Amicus Land Title Assoc Brief Amicus Levitin Supplemental Brief Amicus Levitin Supplemental Brief
Amicus Wilmerhale Supplemental Brief Amicus Wilmerhale Supplemental Brief Amicus Marley Brief Amicus Marley Brief
Appellee Eaton Supplemental Brief Appellee Eaton Supplemental Brief Appellants FMNA Suppl Brief Appellants FMNA Suppl Brief
Amicus FHFA Brief Amicus FHFA Brief Amicus National Foreclosure Brief Amicus National Foreclosure Brief
Amicus McDonnell Suppl Brief Amicus McDonnell Suppl Brief
DOCKET ENTRIES
Entry Date Paper  Entry Text
09/06/2011 #1 Entered. Notice to counsel.
09/06/2011 Transferred from Appeals Court: Appellants’ brief and record appendix (5) copies each.
09/06/2011 #2 ANNOUNCEMENT: The Justices are soliciting amicus briefs. The issue presented is the validity of a foreclosure conducted by a mortgagee who holds the mortgage but not the underlying promissory note at the time of foreclosure. The case will be argued in October 2011. Amicus submissions are due no later than September 23, 2011.
09/07/2011 #3 NOTICE of October argument sent.
09/09/2011 #4 ORDERED for argument on October 3. Notice sent.
09/23/2011 #5 SERVICE of amicus brief for Amicus Adam J. Levitin by Adam J. Levition, Pro Se.
09/23/2011 #6 SERVICE of brief for Plaintiff/Appellee Henrietta Eaton by David A. Grossman. Distributed to the quorum.
09/26/2011 #7 MOTION to allow Samuel Levine to present oral argument, filed for Henrietta Eaton by Esme Caramello, Esquire. (REFERRED TO THE QUORUM)
09/29/2011 #8 MOTION TO FILE AMICUS BRIEF, filed for WilmerHale Legal Services Center & others by Max Weinstein, Esquire, Stuart Rossman, Esquire, Paul Collier, Esquire. (REFERRED TO THE QUORUM)
09/29/2011 #9 SERVICE of amicus brief for Amicus WilmerHale Legal Services Center & others by Max Weinstein, Stuart Rossman, Esquire, Paul Collier, Esquire. Distr. to the quorum.
09/29/2011 #10 MOTION to extend to 09/29/2011 filing of reply brief of Federal National Mortgage Association by Joseph P. Calandrelli, Esquire. (ALLOWED)
09/29/2011 #11 SERVICE of appellant’s reply brief for Federal National Mortgage Association by Joseph P. Calandrelli, Esquire.
09/30/2011 #12 MOTION TO FILE AMICUS BRIEF (LATE), filed by Marie McDonnell, CFE.
09/30/2011 #13 SERVICE of amicus brief for Amicus Marie McDonnell, CFE, pro se.
10/03/2011 Oral argument held. (Ireland, C.J., Spina, J., Cordy, J., Botsford, J., Gants, J., Duffly, J., Lenk, J.).
12/05/2011 #14 SUPPLEMENTAL CITATION Adamson v. Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, No. 11-0693-H and Culhane v. Aurora Loan Services filed for Henrietta Eaton by H. Esme Caramello, Esquire. *Circulated to Quorum.
12/07/2011 #15 Amicus letter from Real Estate Bar Association and Abstract Club. (Distr. to the quorum).
12/13/2011 #16 SUPPLEMENTAL CITATION filed for Federal National Mortgage Association and Green Tree Servicing, LLC. by Richard E. Briansky, Esquire.(Distr to the quorum)
01/06/2012 #17 ORDER :Having heard oral argument and considered the written submissions of the parties and the various amici curiae, the court hereby invites supplemental briefing on the points described below. Supplemental briefs shall not exceed fifteen pages and shall be filed on or before January 23, 2012. 1. It has been claimed that requiring a unity of the mortgage and the underlying promissory note, in order for there to be a valid foreclosure, would cloud any title that has a foreclosure in the chain of title, regardless of how long ago the foreclosure occurred. The parties are invited to address whether they believe that such a requirement would have such an effect, and if so, what legal or practical measures exist that might limit the consequences of such a requirement. 2. It also has been suggested that, if the court were to hold that unity of the mortgage and note is required under existing law, the court’s holding should be applied prospectively only. The parties are invited to indicate on what authority they believe (or do not believe) the court could make such a holding prospective only.
01/12/2012 #18 Letter in Response of Amicus Letter (paper no. 15) filed for Suzette McKenna (other interested party) by Glenn F. Russell, Jr., Esquire. (Referred to the quorum)
01/20/2012 #19 MOTION to extend to 01/27/2012 filing of supplemental brief of Federal National Mortgage Association & another by Joseph P. Calandrelli, Esquire. (ALLOWED. By the Court, 1/23/12.)
01/23/2012 #20 Amicus letter from John L. O’Brien of Southern Essex District Registry of Deeds.
01/23/2012 #21 SERVICE of amicus brief of Ablitt Scofield, P.C. by James L. Rogal, Esquire.
01/23/2012 #22 SERVICE of amicus brief of The American Land Title Association by Mark B. Johnson, Esquire.
01/23/2012 #23 Amicus letter from Mortgage Bankers Association, filed by Richard Oetheimer, Esquire.
01/23/2012 #24 SERVICE of amicus brief of Real Estate Bar Association & Abstract Club by Diane C. Tillotson, Esquire.
01/23/2012 #25 MOTION to extend to 1/30/12 filing of Supplemental Brief, filed by Marie McDonnell. (Allowed to 1/27/12) Notice sent.
01/24/2012 #26 Amicus letter of Suchand Reddy Pingli.
01/25/2012 #27 SERVICE of supplemental amicus brief filed for WilmerHale Legal Services Center by Max Weinstein, Esquire.
01/25/2012 #28 SERVICE of supplemental amicus brief filed for Adam J. Levitin by Adam J. Levitin, Pro Se.
01/26/2012 #29 Amicus submission of Katherine McDonough, pro se.
01/27/2012 #30 SERVICE of amicus brief for Amicus Robert P. Marley by Robert P. Marley, Pro Se Amicus.
01/27/2012 #31 SERVICE of supplemental brief filed for Henrietta Eaton by H. Esme Caramello, Esquire, David Grossman, Esquire.
01/27/2012 #32 SERVICE of supplemental brief filed for Federal National Mortgage Association by Joseph P. Calandrelli, Esquire.
01/27/2012 #33 SERVICE of amicus brief for Amicus Federal Housing Finance Agency by Asim Varma, Esquire, Douglas M. Humphrey, Esquire.
01/30/2012 #34 SERVICE of amicus brief for Amicus National Foreclosure Defense Group by Robert Napolitano, Pro Se (Paralegal).
01/30/2012 #35 MOTION to File Supplemental Amicus Brief, filed by Marie McDonnell, Pro Se. (Referred to the justices)
01/30/2012 #36 SERVICE of supplemental amicus brief filed by Marie McDonnell, Pro Se.
02/02/2012 #37 ORDER waiving 130-Day rule. Notice to counsel.
02/24/2012 #38 NOTICE OF WITHDRAWAL OF APPEARANCE for Joseph P. Calandrelli.

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