Editor: David Reiss
Brooklyn Law School

March 5, 2014

Illinois Court Finds that Assignment was Proper, Thus Wells Fargo Could Foreclose

By Ebube Okoli

The court in deciding Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. Abatangelo, 2013 IL App (1st) 130423-U (Ill. App. Ct. 1st Dist. 2013) affirmed the lower court’s ruling in favor of plaintiff Wells Fargo. The court determined Wells Fargo had standing to bring the foreclosure action.

Mr. Abatangelo challenged the lower court’s grant of summary judgment on Wells Fargo’s foreclosure complaint, specifically its finding that Wells Fargo had standing to foreclose on the mortgage. On this appeal, Mr. Abatangelo contended that the lower court erred in granting summary judgment because (1) the mortgage contract did not properly assign the right to foreclose to Wells Fargo; and (2) the trial court improperly considered new arguments raised by Wells Fargo for the first time in a reply brief in support of their motion to dismiss.

After considering the arguments put forward by Abatangelo the court affirmed the lower court decision.

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