Editor: David Reiss
Brooklyn Law School

July 8, 2013

Massachusetts District Court Dismisses Homeowner-Plaintiff’s Claim of Alleged Inadequacies in Foreclosure and Assignment of His Mortgage

By Ebube Okoli

In Butler v. Deutsche Bank Trust Co. Americas, 2012 WL 3518560 (D Mass 2012), the court dealt with alleged inadequacies in the assignment and foreclosure of a mortgage. The plaintiff and mortgagor, Frank Butler, claimed that the defendant [Deutsche Bank] had wrongfully foreclosed on two separate occasions, slandered the property’s title, and violated G.L. c. 93A. Deutsche Bank moved to dismiss the complaint on the theory that the alleged inadequacies were not based on actionable legal theories that support the plaintiff’s claims. The court granted the bank’s motion to dismiss.

The plaintiff offered a number of theories to support his claim as to the invalidity of one or both of the foreclosure actions. First, he contended that the foreclosure actions were invalid because the bank did not hold the note secured by the mortgage and the mortgage assignments were not made in compliance with the Pooling and Servicing Agreement.

Next, the plaintiff contended that the foreclosure auctions were invalid because the assignments from MERS were invalid and a robo-signer was used. Lastly, he contended that the foreclosure auctions were invalid as the assignment was made without identifying the relevant trust.

After review of the plaintiff’s contentions, the court found that they all lacked merit. The court relied on case law that dealt directly with all of the plaintiff’s contentions. Because none of the plaintiff’s theories as to the invalidity of either the assignment or the foreclosure was actionable, the court granted the defendant’s motion to dismiss.

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