Oklahoma Requires Proof of Standing at Time of Foreclosure Petition

Posted by NCBRC - January 24, 2012

The Oklahoma Supreme Court recently held Deutsche Bank’s feet to the fire when the debtor challenged Deutsche Bank’s (DB) standing to bring a foreclosure action against him. Deutsche Bank v. Brumbaugh, No. 109223 (January 17, 2012). DB attached the note, mortgage, and loan modification papers to its foreclosure petition but Mr. Brumbaugh denied that the papers were the ones he had signed. He argued that DB had not proved that it was the proper party to bring a foreclosure action. DB filed for summary judgment supported by an affidavit by the servicer averring that DB was the current holder of the note and mortgage. However, the affidavit failed to state when DB became the holder. In its response to debtor’s brief DB attached a copy of the note with an undated indorsement to DB. The trial court granted summary judgment and the Oklahoma Supreme Court reversed and remanded, finding that “It is a fundamental precept of the law to expect a foreclosing party to actually be in possession of its claimed interest in the note, and have the proper supporting documentation in hand when filing suit.” Because the indorsed note finally presented to the court was undated, there was insufficient proof that DB was the holder at the time the foreclosure petition was filed. See also Patterson v. GMAC Mortgage, No. 2100490 (Ala. Ct. Civ. App., Jan. 20, 2012) (mortgage assigned to GMAC after it initiated foreclosure proceedings therefore GMAC lacked standing for ejectment action).


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