Editor: David Reiss
Brooklyn Law School

January 28, 2013

Northern District of Ohio Holds that Mortgage Conveys Beneficial Interest to MERS as Nominee, Mortgagee

By Michael Liptrot

In Meehan v. Mortgage Elec. Registration Sys., Inc., 1:11CV363, 2011 WL 3360193 (N.D. Ohio Aug. 3, 2011), the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio held that MERS had a beneficial interest in the property based on the language of the mortgage agreement. In this case, the homeowners filed an action to quiet title, claiming, “MERS has no beneficial interest in the mortgage. . . [further,] MERS’s interest is adverse and constitutes a cloud on the title to [the] property.” MERS claimed it had a beneficial interest in the property because the mortgage named MERS as nominee for the lender as well as the mortgagee. The court found that the contract language was clear and an action to quiet title, which is an equitable remedy, was not available to the homeowners in this case. Thus, the court held that the homeowners claim was without merit and granted MERS’s motion to dismiss.

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