Editor: David Reiss
Brooklyn Law School

February 18, 2014

Kansas Court of Appeals Finds Note Splitting Argument Lacked Merit

By Ebube Okoli

The court in deciding Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. Richards, 2013 Kan. App. 1160 (Kan. Ct. App. 2013) ultimately upheld the lower court’s decision.

The plaintiff [Chester E. Richards, Jr.], appealed the lower court’s decision which granted summary judgment to Wells Fargo.

Plaintiff had asserted (1) Wells Fargo lacked standing to bring the foreclosure action; (2) the lower court erred in holding Wells Fargo’s possession of the promissory note he signed was insufficient to enforce and foreclose the mortgage it secures; (3) Wells Fargo did not experience/suffer a default; (4) there was no contract because the note and mortgage were split; and (5) Richards was not afforded due process.

The court examined the record and considered the arguments of both the parties and held that there was no merit to any of the plaintiffs’ arguments. Consequently, the court affirmed the decision from the lower court.


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