A suit filed last week in a Baltimore federal court charges Countrywide Funding conspired with a local savings bank to rip off mortgage borrowers by charging them undisclosed broker and title insurance fees.

If class-action status were granted and the plaintiffs won, the defendants would be liable for about $100 million, the plaintiffs' attorney said. The plaintiffs claim Pasadena, Calif.-based Countrywide bought the hundreds of loans with the hidden fees from Severn Savings Bank of Annapolis.

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