A federal judicial panel denied a motion to include the Dallas County district attorney’s lawsuit against Merscorp in the ongoing multidistrict litigation (MDL) against the private loan registry in Phoenix.

In its motion, Merscorp, the Reston, Va.-based parent company of the Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems (MERS), argued the claims in the Dallas County case are common with the other MDL cases and meet the panel’s requirements that consolidation would promote the convenience and “just and efficient conduct of the action.” But the judicial panel ruled there are important distinctions between the MDL and Dallas County cases.

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