9th Circ. Nixes Mortgage Fee Suit Against BofA, Others

Law360, New York (September 17, 2012, 8:30 PM EDT) --  The Ninth Circuit on Monday tossed a California real estate agent's whistleblower suit accusing Bank of America NA, JP Morgan Chase Bank and others of dodging county mortgage recording fees, ruling the California False Claims Act barred his allegations because the information in them was already public.

The appeals court agreed with the Eastern District of California's ruling that real estate agent Barrett Bates could not bring his claims against the banks for allegedly dodging the fees by falsely representing Mortgage Electronic Registration System Inc. as...
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