Case of first impression where the court refused to hold the defendant’s removal of plaintiff’s foreclosure action to federal court divested the state court of jurisdiction to enter the judgment of foreclosure and sale. Defendant untimely filed a notice of removal immediately prior to the signing of judgment of foreclosure in the state court. The notice of removal was untimely and in bad faith.  The case was remanded back to state court shortly after removal. In the interim and without notice of the removal, the state court signed the judgment of foreclosure. The defendant waited over ten years to seek to vacate the foreclosure sale. The court acknowledged a removal normally divests the lower court of jurisdiction. However, the court refused to vacate the judgment of foreclosure as it would only reward the defendant’s actions.