Editor: David Reiss
Brooklyn Law School

July 21, 2013

Utah Court Holds That Under Utah Law, MERS Was Not Required to Identify the Note-Holder in Order to Permit the Trustee to Proceed With Foreclosure

By Ebube Okoli

The plaintiff in Nielsen v. Aegis Wholesale Corporation, MERS et al., No. 10-606 (D. Utah May 4, 2011) argued that MERS divided the deed of trust as well as the promissory note. The court, in reaching their decision and rejecting the plaintiff’s argument, noted that “the court adopted the defendant’s argument that plaintiff had latched onto a failed theory—that a note and trust deed can be ‘split’ and rendered null and void.” The court subsequently dismissed the plaintiff’s claims against MERS with prejudice.

The court further went on to state that, “by law, each successor to the note also received the benefit of the security, and by contract, MERS was appointed as the nominee beneficiary under the First Deed of Trust. Contrary to the plaintiff’s argument, MERS had established its rights with respect to foreclosure on the security and MERS had, at all relevant times been, entitled to act as beneficiary under the First Deed of Trust.”

The court further noted that under Utah law, MERS was not required to identify the note holder in order to permit the trustee to proceed with foreclosure.

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