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Supreme Court Declines to Review MERS Challenge

The United States Supreme Court has denied a writ of certiorari in a case involving MERS, refusing to reconsider a California court ruling, which upheld MERS' right to initiate foreclosures. The Supreme Court of the State of California previously refused to review the initial decision, leading San Diego foreclosure attorney Ehud Gersten to elevate his client's case to the U.S. Supreme Court. ""It is disappointing,"" Gersten told DSNews.com, adding that a Supreme Court ruling would have ended state-by-state discrepancies in MERS cases.

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New Jersey Lifts Its Final Foreclosure Ban

New Jersey's Superior Court has lifted the last of six injunctions handed down late last year, giving Ally Financial and its GMAC Mortgage unit the go-ahead to resume foreclosure actions in the state. The Superior Court judge issued an order this week stating that GMAC had demonstrated the ""reliability of its processes"" and is ""permitted to resume prosecution of uncontested foreclosure proceedings."" Five other servicers were given the green light to begin the regular order of processing foreclosures in the state last month.

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MERS Case Filed with Supreme Court

Among the ongoing court cases surrounding the right of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems' (MERS) to foreclose homes, one case out of California has been elevated to the Supreme Court. A San Diego foreclosure attorney filed a petition with the Supreme Court last week asking for a review of a California appellate court's decision that affirmed MERS' right to foreclose. This is the first case to be elevated to the Supreme Court, according to the attorney for the homeowner.

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New Jersey Judge OKs Five Major Servicers to Resume Foreclosures

A New Jersey judge has given the green light for five of six major mortgage servicers to resume uncontested foreclosures in the state after a formal review of their procedures demonstrated the ""reliability of their processes."" Bank of America, Citibank, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, and OneWest Bank have been granted permission to restart foreclosures. Ally's GMAC Mortgage is awaiting the court's decision. Since the beginning of 2011, just over 6,000 foreclosures have surfaced in the state courts, compared to 35,000 filings at this time last year.

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Investor Group Files to Split from BofA Settlement Agreement

A group of mortgage-bond investors has filed a petition with the New York Supreme Court requesting to be cut loose from the $8.5 billion settlement proposed last week by Bank of America. The settlement would resolve nearly all of the lender's repurchase exposure stemming from legacy first-lien residential mortgage bonds issued by Countrywide. Eleven of the companies to be compensated by the arrangement, though, say BofA's proposal is ""inadequate.""

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Wells Fargo Offers Workshop to Struggling Carolina Mortgage Customers

Wells Fargo will host a free workshop Thursday for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Wells Fargo Financial, Wachovia Mortgage, and Wells Fargo Home Equity customers facing financial hardships. Hundreds of South Carolina homeowners are invited to the event in Columbia, South Carolina. About 50 home retention team members will be on hand to work one-on-one with customers to explore options such as workouts and loan modifications.

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South Carolina Halts Foreclosures Without Loss Mitigation

The Supreme Court of South Carolina issued an administrative order on Tuesday halting all pending foreclosure actions and foreclosure sales on May 9th, until the lender can demonstrate they have worked with the borrower to pursue a loan modification or other loss mitigation option. Chief Justice Jean Toal says the purpose of the statewide order is to ensure mortgage foreclosures are not inappropriately concluded while an alternative resolution is being negotiated - the practice commonly referred to as dual-tracking.

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Countersuit Filed Against Ohio Attorney General

American Home Mortgage Servicing, Inc. (AHMSI), headquartered in Texas, is fighting back against the lawsuit filed against them yesterday. Filed by Ohio Attorney General, Richard Cordray, the lawsuit against AHMSI alleges the company was under numerous violations of the Ohio Consumer Sales Practices Act.

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