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Savage v. Premier Bank of Jacksonville

United States District Court, C.D. Illinois, Springfield Division

September 13, 2019

CHERYL SAVAGE and JOHN RUTHERFORD, Plaintiffs,
v.
PREMIER BANK OF JACKSONVILLE, TOWN AND COUNTY BANK OF JACKSONVILLE, PAUL WHITE, and EDDIE CARPENTER, Defendants.

          OPINION

          SUE E. MYERSCOUGH UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE.

         This matter comes before the Court on the Application to Proceed in District Court Without Prepaying Fees or Costs (d/e 2). This is one of four cases Plaintiff Cheryl Savage has filed in in this Court during the month of August 2019.[1] Also listed as a Plaintiff is John Rutherford, but he did not sign the Complaint. Plaintiffs have not paid the filing fee. Ms. Savage has filed an affidavit demonstrating she is unable to prepay fees or costs associated with filing this action. She indicates therein that John Rutherford is her 93-year-old father and that she lives with him. Because Mr. Rutherford has not signed the Complaint and has not filed an application to proceed without prepaying fees or costs, Mr. Rutherford is dismissed from this action. Ms. Savage is granted leave to proceed in forma pauperis.

         This Court must dismiss any case brought in forma pauperis if the case fails to state a claim for which relief may be granted. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B)(ii). Because the Court lacks jurisdiction and the Complaint fails to state a claim, the Complaint is dismissed without prejudice.

         I. FACTUAL ALLEGATIONS

         In reviewing the Complaint, the Court accepts the factual allegations as true, liberally construing them in Plaintiff's favor. Turley v. Rednour, 729 F.3d 645, 649 (7th Cir. 2013). However, conclusory statements and labels are insufficient. Enough facts must be provided to "'state a claim for relief that is plausible on its face.'" Alexander v. U.S., 721 F.3d 418, 422 (7th Cir. 2013) (quoted cite omitted). The following facts come from the Complaint.

         Ms. Savage names as Defendants in the caption of her lawsuit Premier Bank of Jacksonville (Premier Bank); Town and Country Bank of Jacksonville (Town and Country); Paul White, former CEO of Premier Bank and president of Town and County; and Eddie Carpenter, an attorney with Premier Bank.

         Ms. Savage alleges, in 2013, that she agreed to purchase rental property at 7 Turner Road, Jacksonville, Illinois, owned by her mother, Patricia Rutherford, for $68, 000. Ms. Savage borrowed money from Farmers State Bank through loan officer Bob Myers, who was previously employed at Premier Bank. The closing statement from the title company showed a mortgage owed to Premier Bank for $30, 088.05. After several months of Ms. Savage arguing with the bank, Premier Bank determined the Rutherfords must have paid the mortgage and failed to file a release. Premier Bank issued a Release of Lien, which Ms. Savage filed. However, Bob Myers at Farmer's State Bank cancelled the loan, stating Paul White had been in his office numerous times and Myers did not want to do the loan or have anything to do with Paul White. Ms. Savage alleges that:

APEX had Savage file RESPA & Discovery on Turner loan. Bank replied, “There has never been a loan in that bank on 7 Turner Rd ever nor has a note with that number ever existed in that bank ever.[”]

         Ms. Savage alleges that White forged a fake mortgage document claiming a lien on “plaintiff's” property and forged signatures to take “plaintiff's property that they had no right to.” Ms. Savage alleges that Carpenter sent a copy of the mortgage with forged signatures to the title company and told a title company employee not to talk to Ms. Savage or give her copies of anything. Carpenter allegedly participated in the forged mortgage document with forged signatures to stop the sale of the property and the sale was canceled by the bank who was lending Plaintiff money to buy the property.

         Ms. Savage further alleges that Defendants fabricated mortgages and signatures, which caused Ms. Savage bleeding ulcers, hives, and other medical conditions. She also claims that her land/home was foreclosed on as a result of the forged document with forged signature. Ms. Savage seeks $5 million in compensatory damages and punitive damages. The Civil Cover Sheet identifies the causes of action as “1542c & 1601 Truth Lending, etc.” and “Abusive Mortgage Violations of TILA, OCC, CFPB etc.” The Complaint form itself invokes jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. §1331, 28 U.S.C. § 1343(a)(3), and/or 42 U.S.C. § 1983.

         II. ANALYSIS

         The Court finds that the Complaint fails to state a federal claim for relief. The Complaint, which Ms. Savage completed on a preprinted form, invokes jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. §1331, 28 U.S.C. § 1343(a)(3), and/or 42 U.S.C. § 1983.

         Section 1331 provides that “district courts shall have original jurisdiction of all civil actions arising under the Constitution, laws, or treaties of the United States.” 28 U.S.C. § 1331. To invoke jurisdiction under § 1331, Ms. Savage must bring a claim arising under federal law. Section 1343(a)(3) “covers only civil rights claims against state actors and has had no legal effect since 1976, when Congress amended § 1331 to eliminate any amount-in-controversy requirement” Myles v. United States, 416 F.3d 551, 554 (7th Cir. 2005). Finally, to bring a claim under § 1983, a plaintiff must allege (1) the deprivation of a right secured by the Constitution or laws of the United States and (2) the alleged deprivation was committed by a person acting under color of law. Rodriguez v. Plymouth Ambulance Serv., 577 F.3d 816, 822 (7th Cir. 2009). Ms. Savage has not plausibly alleged a § 1983 claim here.

         Ms. Savage's Civil Cover Sheet identifies “1542c & 1601 Truth in Lending etc.” and “abusive mortgage violations of TILA, OCC, CFPB, etc.” Her references to OCC and CFPB are not clear. She may be referring to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Consumer ...


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