Editor: David Reiss
Brooklyn Law School

July 22, 2013

Washington Court Holds That the Language of the Security Instrument Gave MERS Both the Authority to Foreclose and Assign the Deed of Trust

By Ebube Okoli

The court Salmon v. Bank of America, MERS et al., No. 10-446 (D. Wash. May 25, 2011) dismissed claims against Bank of America and MERS. The plaintiffs argued that MERS was a “ghost-beneficiary” and as such could not be the beneficiary of a deed of trust under Washington law, as it did not have an interest in the note. The court rejected this argument, and noted that the beneficiary of a deed of trust is not required to be the note holder

The court, in their holding, noted that MERS had both the authority to foreclose and the authority to assign the deed of trust, based on the language of the security instrument.

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