Editor: David Reiss
Brooklyn Law School

December 27, 2013

Texas Court Found That There Was no Gap in Chain of Title

By Ebube Okoli

The court in deciding Acosta v. Fannie Mae, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 148066 (S.D. Tex. 2013) found that Under Section 51.0025 of the Texas Property Code, BOA had standing to foreclose as servicer of the loan.

Plaintiff asserted numerous claims arising from the foreclosure of his property.

The court found that the plaintiff had offered no summary judgment proof of any defect in the foreclosure proceedings. Acosta had also offered no summary judgment proof that BOA made any false or reckless statement to him upon which he relied to his harm; therefore, his claim for fraud or misrepresentation failed.

The court also found that BOA effectively became the “original lender” of Acosta’s loan by virtue of the merger with Countrywide. MERS, in its capacity as nominee, assigned the loan to BOA, as successor of the merger. Hence, there is no cognizable “gap in the chain of title” and BOA, therefore, had standing to foreclose.

The court ultimately granted summary judgment in favor of the defendants.

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