The Mortgage Bankers Association and a coalition of settlement agents have brought separate suits in federal court to overturn regulations that improve the competitive position of real estate brokerage firms that offer several mortgage-related services.

The complaints, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, allege that the regulations violate the spirit of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act. The litigation was initiated Dec. 2. the day the regulations issued by the Department of Housing and Urban Development went into effect.

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