Editor: David Reiss
Brooklyn Law School

September 20, 2013

Northern District of California Rules That MERS Had the Authority to Appoint a Substitute Trustee

By Ebube Okoli

The United States District of the Northern District of California dismissed fraud claims brought by plaintiff against MERS in Labra v. Cal-Western Reconveyance Corp., No. C 09-02537 PJH (C.D. Cal. 2010). The court also denied the plaintiff’s request for injunctive relief.

The Northern District of California court affirmed the lower court’s ruling that MERS had the authority to appoint a substitute trustee after finding that the deeds of trust explicitly stated that MERS was the nominal beneficiary under the deeds of trust. Further, it also provided that MERS had the right to foreclose and sell the property as well as take any action that a lender could take.

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