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WILMINGTON TRUST, N.A., etc., Appellant, v. Luis M. ALVAREZ, et al., Appellees.

No. 3D15–2796

Decided: March 14, 2018

Before ROTHENBERG, C.J., and SCALES and LINDSEY, JJ. Holland & Knight LLP, and Brian K. Hole and Katherine M. Joffe (Fort Lauderdale), for appellant. Wesoloski Carlson, P.A., and Erik Wesoloski, for appellee BCML Holding LLC.

In this foreclosure case, Wilmington Trust NA Successor Trustee to Citibank N.A. Trustee in Trust for Registered Holders of Bear Stearns Asset–Backed Certificates 2007–SD2 Asset–Backed Certificates Series 2007–SD2 (“Wilmington Trust”), the plaintiff below, appeals an October 29, 2015 final summary judgment in favor of BCML Holding LLC (“BCML”), the defendant below.

As reflected by BCML's motion for summary judgment and the transcripts of the summary judgment hearing, the trial court held that Wilmington Trust's foreclosure action was barred by the statute of limitations based upon this Court's then current panel decision in Deutsche Bank Trust Co. Americas v. Beauvais, 40 Fla. L. Weekly D1, 2014 WL 7156961 (Fla. 3d DCA Dec. 17, 2014). While Wilmington Trust's appeal was pending, however, this Court withdrew the Beauvais panel opinion, substituting an en banc opinion in its stead. See Deutsch Bank Trust Co. Americas v. Beauvais, 188 So. 3d 938 (Fla. 3d DCA 2016) (en banc ). We therefore reverse the final summary judgment and remand this cause to the lower court for further consideration in light of our Beauvais en banc opinion.1

Reversed and remanded.


1.   In so holding, we reject Wilmington Trust's claim that BCML lacks standing to raise the affirmative defense that the instant claim is barred by the statute of limitations. See 3709 N. Flagler Drive Prodigy Land Tr. v. Bank of Am., N.A., 226 So. 3d 1040 (Fla. 4th DCA 2017). We also decline Wilmington Trust's invitation to adjudicate the statute of limitations issue in the first instance.