Editor: David Reiss
Brooklyn Law School

August 27, 2013

Alabama Court Rules That Demonstration of Note Ownership is Not Needed

By Ebube Okoli

The court in Farkas v. SunTrust Mortgage, Inc, et al., 447 F. App’x 972 (11th Cir. 2011) found that Alabama is a non-judicial foreclosure state and that the party seeking foreclosure was not required to demonstrate ownership of the promissory note before taking action on the corresponding mortgage. This action involved MERS as the foreclosing mortgagee.

The debtor claimed that Article 3 of the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) required that the party seeking foreclosure had to prove an interest in the note. However, the court reasoned that the UCC was not relevant to non-judicial foreclosure proceedings.

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