U.S. District Judge Mariana R. Pfaelzer of the Central District of California yesterday certified a class action lawsuit in a case against Countrywide.  The suit accuses the mortgage lender of deceptive practices in the sale of MBS.

The judge also appointed Washington, D.C.-based law firm Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll  as lead counsel in the case. In this capacity, the law firm will give notice to members of the class about the lawsuit.

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