Editor: David Reiss
Brooklyn Law School

February 20, 2014

Michigan Appeals Court Upholds Summary Judgment and Finds that Bank’s Purchase did not Violate MCL 600.3228

By Ebube Okoli

The court in deciding Bank of N.Y. Mellon Trust Co. Nat’l Ass’n v. Robinson, 2013 Mich. App. 2170 (Mich. Ct. App. 2013) upheld the lower court’s grant of summary judgment.

In this action for possession of a foreclosed property, defendants appealed as of the summary disposition that the lower court granted in favor of the plaintiff on the defendant’s counterclaims. After considering the defendant’s arguments the court affirmed the lower court’s ruling.

On appeal, the defendant raised two issues with regard to the underlying mortgage. First, the defendant argued that the plaintiff, through its predecessor, committed fraud in the execution of the mortgage. Second, the defendant alleged that the plaintiff did not have the right to foreclose because there was no evidence of record that the defendant’s note was assigned to plaintiff. The defendant also argued that the bank’s purchase violated MCL 600.3228, which required that a purchase by a mortgagee at a foreclosure sale be made “fairly and in good faith.”

After considering the defendant’s contentions the court ultimately affirmed the lower court’s ruling.

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