August 25, 2013

Pennsylvania Appellate Court Affirms MERS’ Standing to Foreclose

By Ebube Okoli

The Pennsylvania appellate court in MERS v. Estate of Harriet L. Watson, et al., Superior Court of Pennsylvania # 637 WDA (2006), affirmed the standing of MERS to foreclose. The case involved counter-claims as well as affirmative defenses filed by … Continue reading

February 11, 2013

Pennsylvania Court Holds Bank Has Standing to Bring Mortgage Foreclosure Action Before an Assignment to Bank is Recorded

By Abigail Pugliese

In US Bank v. Mallory, 982 A.2d 986 (Pa. Super. 2009), the Pennsylvania Superior Court affirmed an order of the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia, denying Appellant Mallory’s petition to strike and/or open the default judgment entered in favor … Continue reading

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February 9, 2013

Pennsylvania Court Denies MERS Motion to Dismiss and Rules that a Recorder of Deeds May Bring a Quiet Title Action to Compel MERS to Record Mortgage Assignments

By Abigail Pugliese

In Montgomery County, Pennsylvania v. MERSCORP, INC., No. 11 CV 6968, 2012 WL 5199361 (E.D. Pa. Oct. 19, 2012), the court denied MERS’s motion to dismiss because 21 Pa. Stat. 351 requires recordation of all conveyances and because the “Legislature … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Court Voids Default Judgment and Sets Aside Sheriff’s Sale

By Abigail Pugliese

In Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. Lupori, 8 A.3d 919 (Pa. Super. 2010), the court “reverse(d) the trial court’s order denying the [Plaintiff’s] petition to strike the default judgment against them and set aside the sheriff’s sale.” The court cited … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Court Holds that a Homeowner May Bring Suit in Federal Court After State Court Issued a Judgment of Default against Homeowner

By Abigail Pugliese

In Straker v. Deutsche Bank National Trust, et al., No. 3:09 CV 338, 2011 WL 398374 (M.D. Pa. Feb. 3, 2011), the district court held that a homeowner’s case would not be dismissed, as requested by Defendants, due to subject … Continue reading

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February 5, 2013

Pennsylvania Superior Court Rules that Appellant’s Claim Against MERS is Time-Barred

By Abigail Pugliese

In Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., et al. v. Ralich, 2009 PA Super 163 982 A.2d 77, the Superior Court affirmed the Court of Common Pleas’s holding granting MERS’s motion to strike Appellant’s, Ralich, petition to set aside the sheriff’s sale … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Court Holds that Mortgage Servicer Lacks Standing to Make a Motion for Relief from Stay Placed on Mortgaged Property in a Bankruptcy Proceeding

By Abigail Pugliese

In In re Michelin Alcide, 450 B.R. 526 (Bankr. E.D. Pa. 2011), the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania held that the mortgage loan servicer did not have standing to make a motion for relief from … Continue reading

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