“As of today, the system they are so proud of is a complete and total failure,” Malouf said at the hearing before O’Connor. “It has made the property recording system in the U.S. spaghetti.”


Bank of America, MERS Lose Bid to Dismiss Texas Fee Suit

Bank of America Corp. (BAC) and Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc. failed to persuade a judge to dismiss a lawsuit claiming they shortchanged Texas counties out of uncollected mortgage filing fees.

“The plaintiffs have brought sufficient evidence to allow the case to go forward,” U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor in Dallas said. O’Connor threw out several claims in the lawsuit at the end of a court hearing yesterday.

O’Connor allowed the counties to seek damages and an injunction limiting future filings by MERS. He rejected county allegations that MERS was filing false liens, which would have allowed the counties to seek $10,000 for each contested filing.

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