CHARLES FARRIS AND ALL OTHER OCCUPANTS v. NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE LLC

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Court of Appeals of Texas, Dallas.

CHARLES A. FARRIS AND ALL OTHER OCCUPANTS, Appellants v. NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE, LLC, Appellee

No. 05-16-00243-CV

Decided: October 28, 2016

Before Justices Lang, Myers, and Evans

MEMORANDUM OPINION

Opinion by Justice Evans

This appeal involves an expedited foreclosure action under Texas Rule of Civil Procedure 736. See TEX. R. CIV. P. 736. The trial court granted Nationstar Mortgage, LLC's application for an expedited order, after which Charles Farris and all other occupants (collectively, “Farris”) filed a motion to “reinstate for new trial.” The trial court denied the motion, and this appeal followed.

Because an order granting an application for expedited foreclosure order is not subject to a motion for new trial or to an appeal, we directed the parties to file letter briefs addressing our jurisdictional concern. See id. 736.8(c). In his brief, Farris acknowledges an expedited order is not subject to reconsideration or review. He argues we have jurisdiction, though, because the trial court's order granting Nationstar's application is void. Farris notes the suit was initially dismissed in December 2014 for want of prosecution. On Nationstar's motion, however, the trial court reinstated the suit. Farris argues the trial court had no authority to reinstate under rule 736, and, as a result, we have jurisdiction to determine the validity of the order. We disagree.

By its plain language, rule 736.8(c) prohibits appeals, motions for rehearing or new trial, and bills of review from orders granting or denying an application for expedited foreclosure. See id. The rule does not prohibit motions to reinstate from orders dismissing the suit for want of prosecution. See id.

We dismiss the appeal. See TEX. R. APP. P. 42.3(a).

JUDGMENT

Opinion delivered by Justice Evans. Justices Lang and Myers participating.

In accordance with this Court's opinion of this date, we DISMISS the appeal.

We ORDER appellee Nationstar Mortgage, LLC recover its costs, if any, of this appeal from appellants Charles Farris and all other occupants

DAVID EVANS JUSTICE