U.S. Supreme Court building (Bloomberg News)
Lenders are hoping the high court will uphold an earlier court ruling that makes it more difficult for borrowers to request cancellation of a mortgage.
The Supreme Court is slated to hear arguments Tuesday in a case that could determine when and how borrowers are allowed to cancel their mortgages.

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