A widely used third-party registry of mortgage assignments has found itself in the center of “foreclosure-gate,” amid allegations that its service is part of the greater issue of faulty or even illegal foreclosure practices plaguing the lending industry.

An Oct. 8 story in The Washington Post detailed the legal challenges against the Mortgage Electronic Registration System (MERS) — a technology platform that tracks more than 64 million mortgages and is owned by some of the mortgage industry’s biggest players, including Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the Mortgage Bankers Association and a number of large lenders.

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