One of my greatest frustrations in foreclosure cases is how well-taken Motions to Dismiss are systematically denied by many Florida judges, especially senior judges, who routinely seem to apply a different set of pleading requirements in foreclosure cases as compared to other lawsuits. Suffice it to say that I am pleased to receive this Order Granting Motion to Dismiss First Amended Complaint from Judge Anthony Rondolino in St. Petersburg. The seven-page Order is an absolute “must read” for all lawyers, judges, and homeowners, as it is an excellent recitation of Florida law and the pleading requirements in foreclosure cases.
It’s worth noting that I did not draft this Order – Judge Rondolino drafted this Order on his own. In an era of “rocket-dockets,” the attention to detail in the drafting of this Order is commendable.
Like most judges, I’ve won some hearings before Judge Rondolino and I’ve lost some. That said, it’s an absolutely wonderful feeling to go into a courtroom and feel like the Plaintiff and its lawyer are going to be held to the normal requirements of “pleading” and “proof” and that the lawsuit isn’t going to be “pushed through” simply because it’s another foreclosure case. It’s a level playing field; that’s all any litigant can ask.
I respectfully encourage every judge in Florida to read this Order.
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