A recent ruling by the Alabama Supreme Court further establishes that, under Alabama law, a mortgage assignment executed by MERS is valid and enforceable. On May 10, 2013, the Alabama Supreme Court, in Steele v. Federal National Mortgage Association, affirmed the trial court's opinion, which explained that "The ability of MERS to assign a mortgage or take other actions as the nominee for a lender and that lender's assigns in a mortgage has been affirmed in Alabama." In light of this ruling, and the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals' prior opinion in Crum v. LaSalle Bank, it appears settled under Alabama law that mortgage assignments executed by MERS are enforceable.