The Second Department, reversing Supreme Court, determined the bank did not demonstrate standing with admissible evidence and the lost note affidavit was insufficient:
… [T]he only business record entered into evidence to support DeCaro’s [plaintiff’s loan verification consultant’s] testimony that the plaintiff was in possession of the note on the date of commencement was plaintiff’s Exhibit 7, a computer screen printout of a database tracking system. However, plaintiff’s Exhibit 7 failed to evince the facts for which it was relied upon. More specifically, while DeCaro contended that the document demonstrated that Wells Fargo, as custodian for the plaintiff, received the note July 16, 2005, and that the note was in Wells Fargo’s vault from July 2005 until December 2009, the document, in itself, failed to establish those facts.
Further, pursuant to UCC 3-804, which is intended to provide a method for recovering on instruments that are lost, destroyed, or stolen, a plaintiff is required to submit due proof of the plaintiff’s ownership of the note, the facts which prevent the plaintiff from producing the note, and the note’s terms … . Here, the lost note affidavit, which failed to establish when the note was acquired and failed to provide sufficient facts as to when the search for the note occurred, who conducted the search, or how or when the note was lost, failed to sufficiently establish the plaintiff’s ownership of the note … . HSBC Bank USA, N.A. v Gilbert, 2020 NY Slip Op 07874, Second Dept 12-23-20