According to a litigation report from, an online resource that provides mortgage news analysis, the number of mortgage-related lawsuits filed in the first quarter of this year jumped to 81, a more than 50% increase from the 50 cases tracked during the same quarter in 2008.

The report analyzed 42 lawsuits related to mortgage banking litigation that took place in the first quarter of the year, finding that the six cases of servicing-related legal action far outpaced the 14 total cases reported in all of 2007.

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