Omission of the name of the trustee in a deed of trust does not preclude a non-judicial sale. It was sufficient that a trustee was substituted prior to the foreclosure.
The foreclosing party does not have to have an interest in or possession of the note. CC 2924(a)(1) permits the "trustee, mortgagee, or beneficiary, or any of their authorized agents" to institute foreclosure.
Plaintiff's claims fail because they did not allege tender of the amounts due and owing under the loan. The court pointed out that there are exceptions to the tender rule, such as when the borrower challenges the validity of the underlying debt, asserts a counterclaim or set-off against the beneficiary or demonstrates the deed of trust is void on its face, but none of those exceptions was applicable in this case.