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Foreclosure and your civil rights: A judge rules against you in spite of questionable land record documents … what to do next? (PART I)

(OP-ED) — This overview of cases involving civil rights abuses are the author’s opinions based on his legal research and are for educational purposes only and should not constitute any rendering of legal advice or seek to draw any conclusions of law. The first five points are discussed below:

The time at which a § 1983 claim accrues “is a question of federal law,” “conforming in general to common-law tort principles,” and is presumptively–but not always–“when the plaintiff has ‘a complete and present cause of action.'” Wallace v. Kato, 549 U.S. 384, 388 (2007); Manuel v. Joliet, U.S. Sup. Ct. No. 14-9496 (2017).

— As cited in McDonough v. Smith, U.S. Sup. Ct. No. 18-485 (2019)

This post is circumspect as to the discussion of the items postulated within the land record audit and forensics investigation conducted by the author and his team of researchers in Williamson County, Texas (2012-2013) and Osceola County, Florida (2013-2014), respectively. Anyone who has read through these 179-page and 758-page reports will realize that they are just that … the means to call out an injustice that should have come to light, but never did, during the period following the 2008 financial collapse. Over 10-million homes were taken through both judicial and non-judicial means … and this case, coupled with several others discussed in this post, culminate into what the author has determined is a potentially valid 42 USC § 1983 civil rights claim, which must be filed in federal court in a timely manner.

FALSE AND MISREPRESENTATIVE STATEMENTS

As both of the foregoing reports concluded, documents numbering into the tens of thousands poured into the land records of all 3,041 counties and boroughs across America, each containing false and misrepresentative statements that predicated the actions taken by the banks’ servicers. These documents were generally created under the orders of the servicers themselves and were generally executed by the servicers’ employees, posing as Assistant Secretaries, Vice Presidents or other “loan documentation” employees of the servicer, posing as representatives of the alleged Lenders “in an official capacity”, when in fact, many of these signers were $10/hour paid flunkies who sat around in cubicles and signing rooms, affixing their signatures and notarial seals by the hundreds … per hour, without reading or knowing of the contents contained within the documents as to their validity!

Better than 99% of these documents continue to litter these same land records to this very day and only about .001% of Americans are the wiser.

POINT #1: When the alleged civil rights infraction has occurred

In the McDonough v. Smith case, which was based on a New York State criminal action, the action came to rest in the hands of the United States Supreme Court, which decided on June 20, 2019, in a very narrow opinion, that the action taken by elected official McDonough against prosecutor Smith was untimely. The allegations were based on the alleged manufacture of evidence against McDonough by Smith, not once, but twice. Due to this prosecution (by Smith), McDonough was deprived of his liberty (put in jail) due to this allegedly manufactured evidence. From the foregoing statement that is highlighted in bold-faced type, you can clearly ascertain WHEN you get to file a civil rights-based lawsuit … AFTER your foreclosure has been completed against you and you’ve lost your property at sale.

POINT #2: It is assumed that you are taking notice of the offenders

In order to make this case in point, the author is relying on the assumption that anyone reading the audit and forensic examination will come to realize that not all is copacetic in assignment-land. It is the assignment of the mortgage or deed of trust that is posited here as “manufactured evidence”, to be relied upon for a “conviction”, even though the intended venue is the civil realm and not the criminal. However, the alleged criminal activity involving the manufacture of the documents, which generally appear years after the alleged transfer of notes into REMIC trusts or some other junk debt pool, which says it’s a trust but in reality is nothing more than a third-party debt buyer deceiving both the land recorders and the civil judges alike, is at stake here due to the reliance of its validity.

It is further assumed that every party involved with or “touching” that assignment from its inception to its recorded form and relying upon it thereafter in the taking of your home, knowing the statements contained within said assignment were false and misrepresentative, is McDonough in the civil realm. The documents predated a civil prosecution (foreclosure) and were manufactured as part of a suspected criminal act.

To make it more plain and simple, YOU, the homeowner, did not deceive the land record, the servicers’ employees did. Maybe the law firm acting on behalf of the servicer did by furthering the lie. Maybe the judge knew or should have known that the documents in the case in chief contained questionable statements; however, chose to ignore them for the sake of convenience in clearing off a packed court docket without giving the homeowner (or his attorney) a chance to prove that the prosecution’s case was based on false evidence.

POINT #3: The aspects of perjury and the subornation thereof

18 USC § 1621 (in pertinent part): “Whoever–having taken an oath before a competent tribunal, officer or person, in any case in which a law of the United States authorizes an oath to be administered, that he will testify, declare, depose, or certify truly, or that any written testimony, declaration, deposition, or certificate by him subscribed, is true, willfully and contract to such oath states or subscribes any material matter which he does not believe to be true … is guilty of perjury and shall … be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.”

18 USC § 1622 (in pertinent part): “a person convicted of subornation of perjury may be fined $2,000 and sentenced to up to five years in prison.”

Under the latter, there are five elements which must be proven: (1) that the defendant make an agreement with the person to testify falsely; (2) that the perjury was in fact committed by the offender; (3) the false statements of the perjurer were material to the outcome of the case; (4) that the statements were made knowing of their falsity; and (5) there must be proof that the procurer had knowledge that the perjurer’s statements were false.

This is one of the key issues presenting itself as to the “further than arm’s length transactions” involved in foreclosure so as to create plausible deniability on the part of the perpetrators. Much of this can be ferreted out in depositions, which California attorney Al West has seen first hand.

POINT #4: The recorded alleged false statements in the land record

From the fact patterns discussed in the two foregoing reports, which are shown here for your review (if you so choose) …

… it became obvious to the author (in compiling the data shown in each of the reports) that a fact pattern involving timely suspect behavior occurred at about the time of the prosecution of the foreclosure, despite the fact the alleged information contained within the assignments that showed up in the land records just prior to (or in some cases AFTER the foreclosure action was started) the foreclosure case had indeed occurred.

It should also be noted here that these reports were not indictments, but merely “call outs” to alleged misbehavior on the part of third-party document mills or deceitful acts authorized or carried out by the mortgage loan servicers themselves. In March of 2012, the servicers collectively told the states and the federal government they wouldn’t create suspect documents and record them in the land records anymore, but as history shows (as demonstrated by the audit and forensic examination), no sooner was the ink dry on that agreement, it was back to business as usual.

Thus, the chains of title have been presumedly corrupted by this behavior, which of late, has gotten more sinister in nature, covered up by recorded powers of attorney that appear to grant some sort of authority to misbehave in the drafting of such documents, with no one the wiser.

POINT #5: The statements made within the foreclosure process itself

The next set of documents that appear suspect in the prosecution of the actual foreclosure itself are shown to be that of the “affidavits” or “declarations” made by the servicer’s employee, attached in similar form to both judicial and non-judicial actions. The difference here is that the non-judicial action contains a recorded statement known similarly as “Notice of Default and Election to Sell” and “Notice of Trustee’s Sale”. In both instances, these recorded notices contain the alleged suspect statements, predicated by the suspect assignment, then followed by the alleged “Appointment of Substitute Trustee”, which is not “neutral” by any means.

The judicial aspect involves the filing of a foreclosure complaint and the sworn declaration that accompanies the complaint filing, assumedly from the lender’s representative, when in fact, it’s the servicer’s employee making the statements. These statements then find their way into the initial court case filing.

The second “whammy” is when the servicer’s employee, who has been assumedly “coached” as to how to testify, many times in mock trials at the servicer’s headquarters so that their testimony is groomed to become so believable that the homeowner’s attorney swears the employee is telling the truth, that this is where the suspect “open court subornation of perjury” indeed occurs because: (1) the person testifying has been educated by the servicer to become a professional liar; and (2) the person testifying is relying on the suspect manufactured documents created by others and recorded in the land records of the county the subject property is located in.

HOMEOWNERS CAUGHT UNAWARES

As history has shown us, when the foreclosure debacle first started to litter the courts with cases, 97% of the noticed homeowners “cut and ran” without even entertaining the options. Their “Come to Jesus” meetings were based on fear of a bad result, predicated by a string of unfortunate events, which forced them to simply pack up and flee. The banks and their servicers were counting on this … and they succeeded admirably.

The other 3% of homeowners attempted to retain unlearned attorneys, who were naive as to the trickery committed not only in the land records, but through the MERS® System of things and the illicit behavior of the foreclosure mills … and bad case law affecting homeowners. It took awhile for these defense attorneys to come to grips with what was actually going on … and by then, even the judges were led to believe that what they were doing was above board, when in fact, it was based on manufactured evidence that should have been brought to light beforehand.

And this is why the author and California Attorney Al West created:

The C & E on Steroids!

… because these declaratory relief actions should predicate the foreclosure action, not only creating delays, but to serve as a warning to those who would involve themselves in the chain of deceit involving the taking of a person’s property.

Sadly, 99.9% of all homeowners fail to understand this strategy, which could force a court to quiet title to any given piece of affected property and potentially cause a criminal action to be pursued against those committing perjury and suborning perjury in their sworn statements of record.

What most foreclosure victims also don’t understand is that the application of a civil rights action is also predicated on the denial of declaratory relief, which is the basis for the Cancellation & Expungement (C & E) Action.

Everything that the author has discussed in PART I is the “set-up” to what liability could be ascertained throughout the foreclosure case itself, which a person with some skill and knowledge could do the research on to identify the most likely culpable targets therein.

IN PART II the author will discuss the pertinent parts of various cases in which the courts have identified these misrepresentations and what part of “all is not lost” applies to you, even if you lose on appeal. Yes, there are administrative remedies which have to be exhausted if one is going to go after an attorney, a judge and/or the county that pays them … and how the counties insure themselves against liability … out of a self-insured risk pool.

IN PART III … the author will discuss the attack strategy in the realm of 42 USC § 1983 and 42 USC § 1985, focusing not just on the perpetrators of the phony documents, but also at the attorneys involved in the prosecution of the foreclosures and the judges and the counties that employ them when the judges make bad decisions (like Al West says the judges say to him when approached about the documents, “What else ya got?”), which could make them accomplices to perjury and the subornation thereof.

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Judge Amy Coney Barrett Should be Nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court … Op-Ed!

(OP-ED) — As the tide of foreclosures starts to swell across America, I felt it my solemn, patriotic duty to inject some interesting perspective as the Senate takes up hearings to confirm President Trump’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Articles depicting the kind of judge Amy Coney Barrett would be goes against the grain of the Democrats’ choice. I’ve read numerous opinions and diatribes about her rulings and one jumped off the page at me. I had to research it and bring it to the forefront because it involves lying in an affidavit. Those of you facing foreclosure are going to want to listen up!

Those of you who have been taken to task in foreclosure may understand exactly where I’m going with this. This involves more than just Black Lives Matter because more than just the black folk have been foreclosed on.

You want civil rights? Then you need to read these two cases. They came out in separate venues nearly six months apart. One case was written by Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in January of 2019 and the other was opined by the U.S. Supreme Court in June of 2019.

Both opinions have to do with manufacturing false evidence to get a conviction. When I brought this up on my radio show (kdwradio.com), my co-host looked at the Supreme Court case and said, “This is a game changer” … and concluded that the scenario in that case could be applied to foreclosures! Neither of us had seen the Rainsberger case at that time.

Judge Barrett wrote the opinion in the 7th Circuit case. It finds for Rainsberger, who claimed he was deprived of his civil rights based on the phony information either stated or omitted from Detective Benner’s affidavit, which was submitted to the prosecutors to get a conviction.

Ironically, in BOTH cases, a second “bite at the apple” was attempted in an attempt to fabricate evidence to try for a second indictment. Barrett, in writing for the Court, stated that Detective Benner lost his qualified immunity when he lied on the affidavit. Sounds like the Supreme Court, who didn’t even cite the Benner case in their ruling in McDonough, got it right. 42 USC 1983 is a powerful tool. 42 USC 1985 is even more powerful.

Let’s apply these cases to foreclosures and why I’m so keen on filing criminal complaints, whether they’re taken and prosecuted or not.

Mortgage loan servicers hire cheaply-paid employees who are instructed to create, sign and execute assignments, lost note or lost assignment affidavits and corrective assignments. Most of the time where I have seen these come into the recorded realm, I have found numerous instances where the statements made within these documents were false and misrepresentative. The statements contained within these documents are then relied upon to get a “conviction” in foreclosure courts, because like criminal cases, foreclosure cases are “prosecuted” in much the same way, it’s just they’re prosecuted in the civil realm, but the objective appears the same … lie your way through the proceeding by relying on false testimony from others and steal the house by any means possible.

The sad thing about all of this … the mortgage loan servicers who represent the alleged “lenders” in court are getting away with it because judges are allowing the false testimony into evidence. The majority of the time, the aggrieved homeowners do NOT know how to proceed against these documents and false statements, despite the numerous amount of workshops I’ve done and books I’ve authored. Because of COVID, the sensitivity of these issues is heightened because of the perceived exposure to a virus that could be fatal once one is kicked out of their home and forced to live within society, where the potential to contract the “disease”, which is really not a disease but a catalyst to exacerbate pre-existing medical conditions, could afflict them. It’s one thing to be kicked out of your home. It’s quite another to die because you were infected because you were kicked out of your home.

This is why I am conducting an online Foreclosure Defense 101 Workshop. People will not have to leave their homes and fly somewhere and stay in a hotel and inherently put themselves at risk. They can take this 4-hour class in front of their computer and ask questions of the lecturers about the research they are sharing. It’s an inexpensive way to increase your learning curve!

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I have asked one retired attorney (R. J. Malloy), who for nine years clerked for a U. S. District Court Judge (the late John Underwood) and Al West (my co-author of two different works, The Quiet Title War Manual and The C & E on Steroids!) to join me in giving you the necessary tools to stay in your home while you get your “end game” together. Also joining us in studio will be Ron Gillis, a Florida homeowner who has fought off the bank’s attorneys for over 12 years, just by knowing the “in’s and out’s” of the courts. Gillis may have taken a few hits in defending his home, but he’s also dished out plenty at the bank’s lawyers!

Bottom line: If you don’t know your rights … you don’t have any.

Judge Amy Coney Barrett at least recognizes what the consequences should be if you lie or misrepresent the truth in depriving someone of their life, liberty or property. This is one of the reasons you should be calling your Senators and “yelling” at them to nominate her. Having her on the Court may not sit well with every decision she’s made as a judge. But when it comes to deciding whether those who are truly at fault should be granted a free pass if they lie to further the prosecution of their cases, then We the People need to put someone in the driver’s seat that will take action against the current pandemic of false documents (recorded in our land records) and protect our civil rights in the process.

The one thing foreclosed homeowners didn’t realize … but I bet they do now … is that the criminal complaint against those drafting the paper … if enough people start doing it … can make a difference in the way law enforcement treats our concerns. If those responsible for recording false documents were sent to jail (like Lorraine M. Brown of DOCX fame was), this behavior would stop. However, most law enforcement agencies treat these matters as if they’re civil cases and thus, find easy excuses to bail on the homeowners (i.e. “take it up with the judge”) and not even bother to investigate these cases. To me, this appears to be a travesty of justice right from the start. When the Sheriff doesn’t act, the crime committed in the county land records is allowed to stand. We must demand more from our law enforcement when it comes to perjury and subornation of perjury (from attorneys involved in either creating or assisting in the creation of in these false and misrepresentative documents and from the parties executing these documents and causing them to be publicly recorded).

It’s not your fault the banks and their servicers omitted paperwork and messed everything up when they went to securitize your mortgage loan.

Unfortunately, the documents that were created as depicted in the foregoing video are still being forged and falsified to this very day, even though in March of 2012, the mortgage loan servicers collectively stated they would no longer allow business to be conducted that way. That too, was also a lie. As was exemplified in the documents found in the land records in the Osceola County Forensic Examination by my team and I, there was and still is an ongoing pattern of illicit behavior, which at the time, the County Sheriff, the State’s Attorney, the Department of Justice and the FBI, refused to investigate.

A lie is a lie. A false statement is a false statement. The two cases in this post are no different in their conclusions that one cannot prosecute a case based on false evidence. That’s my take. What’s yours?

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WHEN JUDGES LISTEN … AND WHEN THEY DON’T!

(OP-ED) — The author of this post begs your consideration of the following foreclosure-related news item from the SE Texas Record (a journal published to highlight cases where the banks win and the homeowners lose, among other things) … for educational purposes only …

Notice the above Defendants?  

It should be well-decided among the legal community that suing MERS is fruitless, but people still listen to these half-baled arguments that MERS knew or should have known that its so-called “members” (which really are user-subscribers to the MERS® System) freely use MERS’s name (an acronym for Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc.) to assign notes and mortgages to anyone the servicers’ employees are told to assign them to, regardless of whether MERS really has any authority to do so.  Yet some attorneys are still smoking “legal crack” and are still naming MERS as a Defendant.

When will the legal community wake up to this grievous error?   MERS is a database run by Wall Street’s Intercontinental Exchange Inc. and NOT an entity with money or answers to anything.  An electronic database (nor its officers, of a shell corporation) are willing and able to give any plaintiff any discovery.  The real issue here is what the chain of title would have revealed if carefully analyzed.

Read the appellate ruling from the 1st Division of the Texas Court of Appeals if you like, for educational purposes only about how to get cases removed to federal court, where the federal judges (who are appointed for life) bend you over, screw you with no lube and hand you back to the state court after you beg for mercy.

Hernandez v MERS et al, 1st App Ct Tex No 01-18-00468-CV (Oct 22, 2019)

While not attempting to be so graphic, can you imagine the money these folks spent trying to stay in their home, to no avail?

Notice two of the Defendants … LSF8 Master Participation Trust and Caliber Home Loans, Inc.?  These two are married in a third-world debt collection scheme to screw homeowners.  LSF8 is no more of a trust than the LSF9 that this blog posted recently lost in a court battle in West Palm Beach, Florida at roughly the same time and space in the foreclosure world.  This is why I call it the “LSF8 (or 9) Masterbatory Participation Trust” because these jerk-offs do nothing more than spin third-party debt sell-offs into a package they claim is a “trust” but is nothing more than junk, defaulted mortgage loan pools and then call them “equitable instruments” and using their phony documents (where they incorporate MERS into the equation) to steal people’s homes.  U.S. Bank didn’t suffer any harm here because U.S. Bank as Trustee didn’t really pull the trigger.  Caliber Home Loans did.  I’ll bet if you looked at these folks’ assignments, Caliber Home Loan employees were using MERS to convey these toxic assets into these debt pools for the purposes of foreclosure … and they do it within the time frame that homeowners could challenge them anywhere.  In Texas, the state’s Civil Practice and Remedies Code (§ 16.033) allows you to challenge a recording that is less than two years old … and I can tell you … Caliber is stupid enough to file stuff within that challenge timeframe because it wants to steal your home, by any means possible. They’re greedy, remember?

MERS, Robosigners and Perjury

Sadly, these attorneys don’t realize that anyone signing as an “Officer” of MERS has to have a $5,000,000 fidelity bond and an errors and omissions policy covering their signing activities.  That requirement is mandated under MERS Rules of Membership for all robosigners.   So why aren’t these robosigners being sued in a Cancellation and Expungement action and made to produce these documents to prove they’re a legitimate, bona fide, MERS “Certifying Officer”??? (which is a joke in of itself) because these people have no idea what they’re signing at any given moment.

In my world, we don’t sue assignees and we don’t sue MERS.  We sue the robosigner and the notary (if the notary doesn’t have a bond) on the assignments, because the devil is in the details within the assignments, NOT THE NOTES!  When you start arguing NOTES, you lose because judges won’t listen.  Judges don’t care about assignments in foreclosure courts either.  If the party bringing the foreclosure has the note (somewhere in their possession), that’s good enough for the judge. How they got the note doesn’t matter to the judge either.  The judge just wants the case off their docket and YOU are nothing more than a statistic to them.  They can go home and sleep at night, knowing they put you out on the street, because they were simply doing their jobs.

In any scenario (and I don’t care what foreclosure defense attorneys have to say about it), MERS should never be a defendant. The parties who sign the assignment have a different story to tell (other than the stories MERS vomits in court).  These people are minimum wage employees (generally) that randomly sign hundreds of documents a day into these junk debt pools, because they can’t be foreclosed on and sold any other way.  The chains of title are so screwed up that it would take an Einstein to figure out how to quiet them in a quiet title action.  Sadly, they sell these junk debts to investors who buy them (like Fannie and Freddie’s crap) who attempt to peddle them or turn them into the nation’s rental pool.

Most people don’t recognize that if you hold the robosigner’s feet to the fire, you might find out that:

  1. The law firm doing the foreclosure had something to do with the manufacture of the assignment (subornation of perjury);
  2. The person signing the document as an officer of MERS didn’t have the required fidelity bond and E&O policy (lack of authority, perjury);
  3. The notary who acknowledged the document was part of the bigger picture in the scheme (notary fraud, false swearing); and
  4. The attorney bringing the case to court knew or should have known about the chicanery behind the scenes (especially if the law firm had the document returned to them after the dastardly deed was done).

All 50 states have laws against perjury on the land records … and they are all felonies.  Some states have stronger laws that recommend that these false documents be turned over to prosecutors to have these robosigners “dealt with”.  Yeah, right.  This is America.  No politician (dressed in district attorney or state’s attorney’s clothing) will risk their asses prosecuting someone connected to the scheme of things because they might find out the real truth … this stuff occurs on a grand scale all across America!

My take on this is doing a cancellation and expungement action on the phony document BEFORE the case gets to foreclosure. Ah, but wait!  We all sit idly by and don’t bother checking the land records for clues, do we?  Part of America’s complacency, I guess.

This is the sad state of America.  This is why you should NOT deal with banks and other financial institutions who sell their paper into the MERS® System.  Portfolio loans, owner finance on a clear title or nothing. Your choices are few.  Make good choices.

Coming to the Clouded Titles website in February … ONLINE CHAIN OF TITLE ASSESSMENT CLASSES … stay tuned!

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MERS AND ITS ROLE AS A PLAINTIFF AND DEFENDANT … OR THE LACK THEREOF!

(OP-ED) — This is an educational overview as to what has taken place in the American legal forums in the last two decades and my take on what it all means:

UPDATE: Please see my comments to Lori’s question in the comments section as to Bank of America’s claimed “successor by merger” BS to BAC Home Loans Servicing LP fka Countrywide Home Loans Servicing, LP, especially using MERS to hide the real truth!

HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE

On January 1, 1999, Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. and its parent MERSCORP, Inc. (“MERSCORP”), surfaced as a new brainchild of the mortgage industry after two previously-failed efforts to put an effective electronic database into useable form.

MERSCORP is the “brain” part of  the “brainchild” … Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. is the “child” part of the “brainchild”.

The acronym known as “MERS” was attached to the “brainchild” to further confuse the system of things from being able to specifically identify whether the parent or the baby bastard child is coming into play at any given moment.

According to research done by Robert M. Janes, J.D. (retired attorney) in his work SHELLGAME MERS, Contrived Confusion (available at esprouts.com), the “MERS” known in mortgages and deeds of trust as Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. HAS NO “MEMBERS”, despite what attorneys for “MERS” have told judges all across America.  The entire system of things has bought into this crap.  Our entire judicial system has been permeated with lies.  As Hitler’s propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels stated (paraphrased), “tell a lie long enough and often enough and people will come to believe it as truth.”

MERSCORP however owned everything known as the MERS® System, up until the time that Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (“ICE”, who also owns the New York Stock Exchange) bought MERSCORP and all of its assets and transferred all of the MERS servers to Mahwah, New Jersey, where ICE’s data servers are located.  This happened in October of 2018.  From February of 2012 until October of 2018, MERSCORP was merged into MERSCORP Holdings, Inc. and operated as such until ICE acquired it.

MERSCORP had all of the “Members” who technically are users and subscribers of its “MERS® System”.   They have an executory contract with MERSCORP.  As far as I can tell, when ICE acquired MERSCORP Holdings, Inc., ALL of the databases, memberships and every other facet of MERS went with the sale and transfer to ICE.

These latest developments also beg the question: Do I have to sue Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. if I want to go after MERSCORP Holdings, Inc., since ICE now owns MERSCORP?   That’s a question for counsel to answer; however, I personally wouldn’t sue either one of them, knowing what I know about NOT giving MERS a “leg up” … and given the fact that MERSCORP is now backed by the power of Wall Street funding!

MERS WANTS TO BE “ALL THINGS TO ALL PEOPLE”

Unfortunately for MERS, one State (Tennessee)’s Supreme Court gutted MERS’s business model like a chicken in the Ditto decision.  See attached:

MERS v DITTO_TN Supreme Court rules against MERS!

Unfortunately for the other 49 States, their respective Supreme Courts did not issue a ruling as succinctly as Tennessee’s ruling was.   Only Washington (Bain), Oregon (Niday and Brandrup), Montana (Pilgeram), Maine (Greenleaf and Saunders), New York (Agard, Bresler, Collymore and Silverberg), Kansas (Kesler), Arkansas (SW Homes), Nebraska (Dept. of Banking and Finance) and Missouri (Bellistri) did some damage to the MERS® System, but nowhere near the damage inflicted in Ditto.

Sadly, for the rest of the country, especially in Minnesota (Jackson) and Michigan (Sauerman), where the foregoing cases have propelled the MERS business model into fruition, homeowners in those states (except Minnesota and Michigan, where homeowners are essentially f**cked) have a long, uphill battle against any securitized trust that made use of the MERS® System to do its bidding.

REPUDIATION AGREEMENTS: A POTENTIAL WAY OUT

If you were lucky enough to have a mortgage loan originated by New Century Mortgage Corporation or Fieldstone Mortgage Company, you may have a legal solution as a possibility to consider in maneuvering through the legal pitfalls created by the use of MERS in your mortgage security instrument.

To date, to my knowledge and research, these two entities were the only two entities that had executory contracts with MERSCORP (or any form thereafter) repudiated their contracts with the MERS® System and its owner/parent MERSCORP Holdings, Inc.    See the attached below:

NCMC Notice of Repudiation

The foregoing repudiation was validated in the case of DiLibero v. MERS in Rhode Island.  I like to use this case because the Rhode Island Supreme Court likes to rub homeowners’ noses in MERS’s bullshit every chance it gets because Little Rhody’s lower courts have bought into the lies propounded by MERSCORP-retained attorneys.

See the case here: DiLibero v MERS_2015-13-190

In a previous post, I talked about the positive outcome of using the repudiation agreement as a means to assert the lack of standing of the Plaintiff Bank, unlike what happened in the Cruz v MERS case, where Cruz lost because he didn’t use the repudiation agreement. Duh?  (Was Cruz or his attorney even aware of this?)

See the case here: Cruz v. MERS_2015-12-136

The second known notice of repudiation was filed in the bankruptcy case of Fieldstone Mortgage Company, in a rather voluminous omnibus filing:

Fieldstone Mortgage Bankruptcy

As I teach in my COTA Workshops, repudiation of a contract in a Chapter 11 proceeding is like taking a dump.   Getting rid of excess baggage that could potentially weigh you down as to legal issues coming back to bite you in the ass.

In what I’ve just presented, both entities unilaterally decided they didn’t want to play in the MERS® System any further because they deemed it a potential liability and thus NOTICED MERS that they were ending their relationship with MERSCORP.  This has provided at least one homeowner with an “out”.

In what I deem is a “new twist” to the equation, the New York-based law firm of Jenner & Block (where Neil Barofsky works), issued a memo, dated January (2019), entitled “Recent Developments in Bankruptcy Law”, wherein Section 9 talks about “executory contracts” and where the debtor in possession (of whatever is part of the debtor’s estate or business) does not need court approval to repudiate (or cancel) an executory contract (see below):

NOTE: Click on the picture to see it in full size!

For a full copy of the report (in PDF format): Recent Developments in Bankruptcy Law, Jan 2019 (Jenner & Block)

What does THIS SAY for Chapter 11 petitioners who repudiate MERSCORP executory contracts NOT needing court approval?   How do you know a MERSCORP executory contract with a so-called “MERS Member” was cancelled by the Chapter 11 debtor unless you ask about it (in discovery)?   Would you care to go rummaging through bankruptcy court filings (at ten cents a page)?   The repudiation agreement by the defunct lender or notice of such may not even be in there!

MERS AS A PLAINTIFF

In the states that allow Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. to file a foreclosure action against a borrower, MERS is simply claiming that it’s exercising its right to foreclose per the language in the security instrument.  In some cases I’ve seen, MERS’s attorneys even come in and attempt to claim a surplus after the sale, even though MERS itself receives no payments, incurs no financial harm, etc. (see Restatement of Mortgages, Third § 5.4), which I think the law firm is clearly attempting to pilfer whatever surplus it can get for its own gains and not those of MERS or its parent.

The problem I have with MERS being anywhere near a foreclosure is not so much the contractual angle, but the damage angle, based on the Spokeo v. Robins decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.  How was MERS damaged?    In the Robinson case in California, MERS plead to the 9th Circuit (as part of getting the appellate court to affirm the lower court’s ruling) that its business model would be harmed if the appellate court didn’t rule in its favor.  You see how the lie permeates into the appellate court system?

Sadly, I liken MERSCORP CEO Bill Beckmann and his Board of Directors as a little Hitler and his band of little crony “yes-men”.   They all need to be in jail!  And speaking of Hitler …

MERS AS A DEFENDANT

The main reason that MERS (as Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc.) is listed as a Defendant in foreclosure cases is because the Plaintiff REMIC or servicer (posing as the party claiming to have the right to enforce the security instrument) wants to notice MERS in order for MERSCORP employees to check the database to make sure that there aren’t any other “mesne assignees” hiding somewhere within the chain of custody of the electronic trading going on involving that alleged loan, in order to provide a “clearing” of potential unknown Defendants that may come in later and file a claim in the case.

THE SUPREME COURT HAS (TO DATE) NOT ALLOWED ANTI-MERS CASES TO COME BEFORE IT

Writs of Certiorari have tried and failed.  However, I still believe that we will continue to see more MERS-related decisions appealed to the nation’s highest court until the matter of MERS’s flawed business model and the damage it has inflicted on over 80-million homes finally gets resolved.

THE BOTTOM LINE IS STILL THE ASSIGNMENTS: THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS! 

Again, if you go into the back of The Quiet Title War Manual, you will see state-by-state listings of statutes that cover certain elements of law involving quiet title, declaratory relief, deficiency judgment law, etc. … and below that section, three individual paragraphs on actionable statutes and case law involving violation of statute in the recording of documents into the land records which contain false information (many of which are felony-rooted in nature) or violate provisions of state consumer protection act laws.  We are now (based on my past posts) seeing the use of these mechanisms in attacking the banks’ attorney(s) (because sometimes there is more than one attorney or law firm involved in any given foreclosure) in turning a statutory violation into an ethical violation!

When a foreclosure mill attorney is put “at risk” of being suspended or being disbarred for suborning perjury, committing perjury or some other ethical misconduct, do you really think he (or she) is going to want to stay in the fight?   Further, what future substituted law firm would want to step “into the pile of poop” created by the first law firm, knowing it would put itself “at risk” of having its Errors & Omissions insurance policy attacked?

Things To Watch Out For …

  1. Any entity that has filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy before 2010 … as to whether they got court approval to repudiate the MERSCORP executory contract.

This provides you with a potential argument (or at least an affirmative defense to a foreclosure) that MERS and its alleged “agents” (“officers’)  for the “nominee” has any authority that was repudiated by the originating lender (debtor-in-possession);

2.  Assignments dated AFTER the originating lender filed for bankruptcy (easily discovered on Google or Google Scholar).

You especially want to check for language within the assignments (of mortgage or deed of trust) that says, “together with the Note”, because MERS cannot transfer what it does not have an interest in.   Secondly, not many people argue that there is no specific right delegated to MERS to “assign” anything.   Thirdly, NOTES ARE NEGOTIATED … not transferred or assigned; and

3.  Any mortgage foreclosure complaints, notices of trustee’s sale or similar notices that reflect that MERS has any authority to do anything, specific to the state of the union you are in.

Certain states, as I’ve mentioned before, do NOT allow MERS to do much of anything, while in other states, MERS can pretty much steamroller over homeowners.

My question is, why are you still living there?   Or better yet, why haven’t you attacked the assignments in Consumer Protection or statutory claims?

The Devil Is In The Details

Always check the assignment of mortgage or deed of trust for:

  1. Self-dealing (by the servicer and its employees);
  2. Claims that the note was “assigned” in addition to the mortgage or deed of trust by MERS;
  3. Names and addresses of law firms involved in the assignment;
  4. Names and addresses of title companies involved in the assignment;
  5. Names and addresses of servicers involved in the assignment that claim the Plaintiff’s address is in c/o the servicer’s address;
  6. Names of known robosigners involved in the assignment;
  7. Names of notaries participating in the assignment that are acknowledging under PENALTY OF PERJURY;
  8. Phony MERS addresses (like their alleged Ocala, Florida address, which actually belonged to Electronic Data Systems);
  9. Dates of assignments that well post-date the REMIC’s 424(b)(5) Prospectus Cut-Off and Closing Dates;
  10. Post-dating or back-dating of the assignment; and
  11. Documents created in one state that are executed in another state.

Any of these “details” can be used as evidence to go after the law firm attempting the foreclosure!   And THAT my friends … is how the system of things should work!

Coming soon …

P.S.: Hat tip to David A. Rogers, Esq. of Austin, Texas for the Fieldstone materials!

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THE SYSTEM OF THINGS: ANOTHER MINI-VICTORY IN FLORIDA!

(BREAKING NEWS — OP-ED) — This is not legal advice!  The author of this post is bringing you the latest mini-victory courtesy of Florida Criminal Code § 817.535 … and its applicability to defeating the banks’ servicer’s motions!  Read these briefs for your own educational benefit and understand that we are using “the system of things” to move the cases forward! 

(VOLUSIA COUNTY, FLORIDA) — A judge in Volusia County Circuit Court has DENIED the Defendant’s Motion to Strike in a mortgage foreclosure case.

SEE THE COURT’S ORDER HERE: motiontostrike-denied

The arguments posited in this case deal with what I’ve previously discussed on this blog site … statutory violations!

Not every state has the same kind of statutory components as Florida (some do) that offer a civil component that could bolster a homeowner’s claim that the bank and its servicer AND its law firm knew of should have known that what they proffered to the court through their pleadings and exhibits could come back to bite them.

Whether you are an investor who is faced with a legal conundrum  over an acquired property or a homeowner who is facing foreclosure, you should understand that there are statutes, which I explain in detail in the back end of THE QUIET TITLE WAR MANUAL, on a state-by-state basis, that covers statutory violations as well as your common law right to bring an action under consumer protection act statutes or based on a criminal component that could be brought into the mix in the civil realm.   For example, perjury is a felony.  If you are in a civil trial and you commit perjury giving false testimony, the matter now becomes a criminal matter … subject (of course) to the discretion of the court.   If the attorney representing the bank or the servicer lies to the court and misrepresents the truth or relies on false and misrepresentative exhibits as part of their presentation and pleadings, then what do you think the court should do to them?   It happens all the time in court yet homeowners’ attorneys seem to turn a blind eye to it.  Well, not EVERY foreclosure defense attorney turns a blind eye to it, but a lot of them do because (after all) we can’t “rat out the brotherhood now, can we?”

If an attorney for the bank tells the bank’s witness to misrepresent the truth on the stand (or in a deposition) and it is discovered through an evidentiary hearing that the attorney suborned perjury … well, that’s a felony too!

If you’ve read my posts on “Gutting the Underbelly of the Beast” … I’ve explained the process of what happens (and what’s available) by running a misconduct complaint up to the state bar’s disciplinary board.  You (as a pro se litigant) will NOT have the same results as a bar-licensed attorney who files the same complaint before the tribunal.  Statutory violations can thus be turned into ethical violations when the bank’s attorney doesn’t play fair and doesn’t tell the whole truth or misrepresents the truth in his pleadings and exhibits.

Now for the real slice and dice … 

Here’s the motion put forward by the homeowners, as Plaintiffs, which prompted the bank’s motion to strike:

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This is WHY the judge denied the motion to strike and placed this matter for trial.

The way I’m reading this, it’s the perfect set-up for the ethical violations and eventual reporting to the bar of the charges so the bank’s attorneys would stand to be disciplined.  It’s the way the system of things is supposed to work!

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