Kubic v. MERSCORPAnnotate this Case
Five separate lawsuits were consolidated for the purposes of this opinion. County administrators and registers of deeds in Allendale, Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, and Jasper Counties (collectively, Respondents) filed suit against MERSCORP Holdings, Inc.; Mortgage Electronic Registrations Systems, Inc. (MERS); and numerous banking institutions (collectively, Petitioners). Respondents contended Petitioners engaged in a practice of fraudulent recordings that have disrupted the integrity of the public index Respondents were statutorily required to maintain. Petitioners moved to dismiss, arguing Respondents "lack contractual standing," the lawsuit was barred by section 30-9-30 of the South Carolina Code (2007), the parties could designate MERS as mortgagee, and the complaints failed to state a cognizable claim. The motion was denied, and Petitioners appealed. The Supreme Court found that Respondents failed to state a claim and therefore reversed the trial court's denial of Petitioners' motion to dismiss.