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New York Court of Appeals Rules Possession of Note, Rather than Mortgage, Conveys Standing to Commence Foreclosure Action

On June 11, the New York Court of Appeals held that a loan servicer who holds the note has standing to commence a mortgage foreclosure action against a borrower even if the servicer cannot show that it also holds the...more

Defeating Another Challenge to the Mortgage Electronic Registration System

Since the mortgage crisis began several years ago, the Mortgage Electronic Registration System (“MERS”) has faced numerous legal attacks relating to foreclosures, assignments and what interest MERS holds in a deed of trust or...more

All Consuming - Legal Updates for Consumer Finance Professionals

In This Issue: - Supreme Court Provides TILA Home Loan Rescission Guidance - West Virginia Legislature Proposes Changes to the WVCCPA - Defeating Another Challenge to the Mortgage Electronic Registration...more

Does Your Notice of Default and Right to Cure Letter Comply with Maine Law?

The Maine Law Court’s recent decision Bank of America, N.A. v. Greenleaf, 96 A.3d 700 (Me. 2014) has drawn significant attention to the issue of a mortgagee’s standing to foreclose a mortgage it holds by assignment from...more

Is the End Near for MERS Litigation in Rhode Island?

On September 25, 2014, after years of litigation on the role, authority, and legal standing of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. (MERS) to act on behalf of the mortgagee, the Rhode Island Supreme Court issued 10...more

Wisconsin Supreme Court 2013-2014 Term Summary Part 3: Recap of Cases Affecting Wisconsin Businesses

This post is the third in a series of posts analyzing the 2013-14 term of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. This post provides in a nutshell what businesses need to know about the cases from last year’s term of the...more

Maine Supreme Court Addresses MERS Assignments and Payoff Amounts During Cure Periods

The Maine Supreme Court has been active in the last few months – issuing several decisions that will likely impact foreclosure actions in that state. The decisions covered a full range of foreclosure issues, from whether a...more

Freddie Mac Updates MERS Requirements, Fraud Reporting, Other Selling And Servicing Policies

On June 19, Freddie Mac issued Bulletin 2014-12, which updates and revises numerous selling and servicing requirements. According to the Bulletin, Freddie Mac has determined that because sellers/servicers will have difficulty...more

Recent Cases Support Foreclosing Lenders against Challenges to Standing

The Florida Second District Court of Appeals recently ruled on yet another challenge to a note holder’s standing to foreclose based on lack of ownership of the mortgage. In OneWest Bank, F.S.B. v. Bauer (May 30, 2014), the...more

Court Upholds Constitutionality of Pennsylvania Recording Statute

A class action suit against Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems (MERS) in Pennsylvania will go forward after a federal district court ruled that the state recording statute is constitutional. The court ruled that the...more

Fifth Circuit Dismisses RICO Claims Against MERS; Texas District Court Dismisses Similar Claims

On March 5, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed on different grounds the dismissals of two cases filed against MERS, the electronic mortgage registry, and its member banks, holding that the complaints...more

Mortgage Banking Update - March 08, 2013

In This Issue: - Kentucky County Clerks Cannot Sue MERS for Failure To Record Mortgage Assignments, Sixth Circuit Rules - Bipartisan Policy Center Proposes New Directions for National Housing Policy - FTC...more

Kentucky County Clerks Cannot Sue MERS for Failure to Record Mortgage Assignments, Sixth Circuit Rules

The U. S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently affirmed the district court’s dismissal of a putative class action filed against Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems (MERS), its parent company, and 15 financial...more

First Circuit Holds Massachusetts Borrower Can Challenge The Validity Of A Mortgage Assignment, But Holds The Assignment Valid

On February 15, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held a borrower had standing to challenge the assignment of the borrower’s mortgage under certain circumstances, even though the borrower was not a party to the...more

Mortgage Banking Update - February 21, 2013

In This Issue: - MERS Has Power To Assign Interest in Deed of Trust, Borrower Can Challenge Assignment of Mortgage, First Circuit Rules - Federal Judge Refuses To Dismiss Arizona Mortgage Class Action Alleging...more

MERS Has Power To Assign Interest in Deed of Trust, Borrower Can Challenge Assignment of Mortgage, First Circuit Rules

Under Massachusetts law, Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., or MERS, has the power, as nominee beneficiary, to assign its interest under a deed of trust, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has ruled....more

Tennessee Court of Appeals Confirms Foreclosures Cannot Be the Basis for a TCPA Claim

On September 25, 2012, the Middle Section of the Tennessee Court of Appeals issued an opinion confirming that foreclosure proceedings cannot serve as the basis for a Tennessee Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) claim. ...more

Navigating Non-Judicial Foreclosures -- After Bain v. Metropolitan Mortgage Group, Inc., et al.

Originally published in Washington Bankers' Issues & Answers - November/December 2012. In August, the Washington State Supreme Court weighed in on the role of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. (“MERS”) in...more

Nevada Rejects Literalist View on Some Lender and Trust Deed Holder Requirements for the Right to Enforce

Nevada’s Foreclosure Mediation Program (FMP), statutorily mandates mediation before a non-judicial foreclosure of an owner-occupied residence can proceed. It also encourages the judicial review of that mediation. It has been...more

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