Killing the MERS Boogeyman: a Clarification of a Secured Creditor’s Standing in Bankruptcy

by: Sherry A. Moore, Esq., Associate Attorney, McCarthy & Holthus, LLP

During my tenure as an attorney primarily representing creditors, I have encountered numerous challenges to my clients' standing. Such challenges have taken on many forms; however, the one constant challenge has been that the presence of Mortgage Electronic Registration System (MERS) in the security instrument renders the document invalid as the result is the split of the security from the right to payment thus preventing foreclosure. Another variation of this split the note argument relates to the allegedly fraudulent securitization process itself and the execution of assignments of security . . .

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