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Oregon judge denies foreclosure, challenges MERS

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A federal judge in Oregon delivered a potential setback to the mortgage industry’s electronic lien-registry system in a ruling issued Wednesday. Oregon allows lenders to foreclose without going to court, but the state requires banks to record the ownership history of the mortgage with local county governments in those non-judicial foreclosures. The Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, or MERS, was created by the mortgage industry in the 1990s to facilitate the recording of mortgages that were being bundled and resold as securities.

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