Editor: David Reiss
Brooklyn Law School

November 8, 2013

BAC Not Required to Evidence Holding Note in Texas Fourth Court of Appeals

By Devon Avallone

In Lowery v. Bank of America, N.A., 2013 Tex. App. LEXIS 13114 (Tex. App. San Antonio Oct. 23, 2013), the Texas Fourth Court of Appeals affirms summary judgment for BAC Home Loan Servicing, LP dismissing homeowner’s claim that without evidence of holding the note, BAC lacked standing to foreclose. The homeowner sought an injunction from the nonjudicial foreclosure initiated by BAC in 2011, alleging wrongful foreclosure as the note did not name BAC or MERS, and further alleging that MERS improperly assigned the note to BAC. The court cites the Reinagel holding that the assignment of mortgage presumptively assigns the note as well, and that BAC is not required to show evidence of holding the note. On these grounds, the court found the homeowner produced less than a scintilla of evidence to show BAC lacked authority to foreclose, and further failed to show the signatory at MERS lacked authority.

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