District Court Blocks Discovery of Plaintiff’s Tax Returns

Hastings v. ONEWEST BANK, FSB, Dist. Court, D. Maryland 2013 – Google Scholar.

This is a modification case. The plaintiff, Brian Hastings, thought he had an agreement with OneWest Bank to modify his mortgage. He alleges that OneWest reneged on the modification.

These cases are not unique. Getting banks to agree to modifications can take years of work and patience. It is common for the bank to change its mind about the modification, even after paperwork has been issued.

The unusual part of this case is that the Bank requested Hasting’s tax returns in discovery.

The court denied the motion to compel on the ground that the tax returns were not relevant. The Court allowed other discovery as to Hastings’ financial condition.

Edward X. Clinton, Jr.


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