MERS Shell Game

More deadlines set in suit against MERS

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Vincent Lopinot set a scheduling order Jan. 23 for parties in a lawsuit against Mortgage Electronic Recording System (MERS).

St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly’s office sued MERS and several major banks in May, alleging they created a shadow mortgage recording system that effectively eliminates the ability to track the purchase and sale of properties through the traditional public records system.

The scheduling order states the defendant’s joint motion to dismiss is due Feb. 15. The plaintiff’s response is due March 18. The defendant’s reply is due April 8.

“The page limits for all three memoranda in the Dec. 6 scheduling order shall remain in effect,” Lopinot’s order stated.

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