Editor: David Reiss
Brooklyn Law School

September 3, 2013

The United States District Court for the District of Arizona Reasons That the Plaintiff Agreed to Empower MERS to Foreclose

By Ebube Okoli

The United States District Court for the District of Arizona, in Silvas v. GMAC Mortgage, LLC, et al., cv00265 (AZ Dist., 2009), reaffirmed MERS’ standing as the beneficiary of a deed of trust.

In the present case, the plaintiff brought a host of claims against the defendant. One such claim included conspiracy to commit fraud by making use of the MERS System. The court considered the plaintiff’s arguments, however the court rejected them. In rejecting the plaintiff‘s contentions, the court found that they were not only inaccurate, but that the claims were also insufficient to support the plaintiff’s assertions.

The court also reasoned that the plaintiff agreed to empower MERS to foreclose. In reaching this conclusion the court noted that the deed of trust designated MERS as the beneficiary, and authorized MERS to take any action to enforce the loan. One such right included the power to foreclose.

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