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Missouri Supreme Court Strikes Down St Louis County Foreclosure Mediation Ordinance

Yesterday, the Missouri Supreme Court handed down it’s decision in the case “Missouri Bankers Association, Inc., and Jonesburg State Bank v. St. Louis County, Missouri, and Charlie A. Dooley” ruling in favor of the Appellants (Missouri Bankers Association and Jonesburg State Bank) and against the Respondents (St Louis County and Charlie A. Dooley) by reversing an lower courts decision that ruled the Banker’s suit was moot.  The original suit was filed after St Louis county enacted its “Mortgage Foreclosure Intervention Code” which, among other things, required mediation prior to a bank or other lender proceeding with a foreclosure on a deed a trust.

In it’s decision, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled that the ordinance passed by St Louis County known as the “Mortgage Foreclosure Intervention Code” was “void and unenforceable” because the county exceeded its charter authority when enacting the ordinance.

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