December 27, 2013

Utah Court Dismisses HAMP, RICO, ECOA, RESPA & FDCPA Claims

By Ebube Okoli

The court in deciding Cornia v. Countrywide Home Loans, Inc., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 149592 (D. Utah 2013) granted defendant’s motion to dismiss. Plaintiffs’ claims based on securitization, assignment to MERs, or “robo-signing,” were dismissed with prejudice. Plaintiffs’ complaint sought … Continue reading

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August 15, 2013

Laches Upends Priority of Mortgagee in Utah

By David Reiss

Professor Wilson Freyermuth posted this summary of the Utah Supreme Court’s opinion, Insight Assets, Inc. v. Farias, ___ P.3d ___, 2013 WL 3990783 (August 6, 2013), to the DIRT listserv: Synposis:   Although vendor purchase money mortgagee may generally have a … Continue reading

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July 21, 2013

Utah Court Holds That Under Utah Law, MERS Was Not Required to Identify the Note-Holder in Order to Permit the Trustee to Proceed With Foreclosure

By Ebube Okoli

The plaintiff in Nielsen v. Aegis Wholesale Corporation, MERS et al., No. 10-606 (D. Utah May 4, 2011) argued that MERS divided the deed of trust as well as the promissory note. The court, in reaching their decision and rejecting … Continue reading

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April 19, 2013

Robo-Signing Complaints Must Sing A Different Toone

By David Reiss

The Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit took a hard look at a complaint alleging robo-signing misbehavior relating to a promissory note and its various endorsements in Toone v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. et al., (Mar. 8, 2013, No. 11-4188).  … Continue reading

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April 6, 2013

Utah State Court Holds that MERS Maintains Its Rights Under the Deed of Trust Despite the Sale and Securitization of the Underlying Note

By Justin Rothman

In Commonwealth Property Advocates v. Mortgage Electronic Registration System, 263 P.3d 397, (2011), the Court of Appeals of Utah affirmed a Utah district court’s order dismissing the plaintiff’s complaint. In the case at hand, a home buyer executed a promissory … Continue reading

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March 16, 2013

Utah District Court Holds that MERS Has Authority to Assign Beneficial Interest and that Assignee Has Power to Initiate Non-Judicial Foreclosure

By Justin Rothman

In King v. American Mortgage Network, No. 1:09 CV 125 TS, 2010 WL 3222419 (D. Utah Aug. 16, 2010), the United States District Court of Utah granted Defendant’s motion to dismiss Plaintiff’s claims. In November 2007, Plaintiff received a loan … Continue reading

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Tenth Circuit Holds that MERS Has Authority to Assign Trustees After the Promissory Note Has Been Securitized and that Those Assignees Can Initiate Non-Judicial Foreclosure; Plaintiffs’ TILA Claims Were Time Barred

By Justin Rothman

In Tadehara v. Ace Securities Corp. Home Equity Loan Trust Series 2007 HE4, 2012 WL 2581037, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit dismissed the plaintiffs’ quiet title claim and TILA claim. On February 8, 2007, the … Continue reading

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