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Thursday, March 15, 2012

The New York State Attorney General’s Office has reached a settlement with five (5) lending institutions over MERS Foreclosure Practices

Following up on a previous blog, the New York State Attorney General’s Office filed a complaint on February 3, 2012 against the Mortgage Electronic Registration System (“MERS”) and several large investment banks alleging, among other things, that the institutions engaged in deceptive practices in foreclosure actions throughout the state through their usage of MERS; including initiating said actions without the requisite legal authority. A little more than a month later, JP Morgan, Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Citigroup agreed to pay $5.9 million, and Ally Financial agreed to pay $1.25, to partially settle the suit. As per the terms of the settlement, none of the above banks admitted to engaging in deceptive practices, nor did they deny that they did not.

We will continue to monitor and update you accordingly, as the New York State Attorney General’s Office will continue its case in an effort to obtain damages related to the banks' use of MERS.

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