County and state officials are turning up the heat on MERS, as recent lawsuits filed in Michigan, Florida, Delaware and Texas challenge the validity and accuracy of the mortgage industry-controlled loan registry.

Merscorp Inc.'s private loan registry has become a lightning rod for foreclosure litigation, and is increasingly facing scrutiny over how it tracks the ownership of mortgage loans. Critics argue that banks frequently failed to update the registry's records of how they bought and sold the underlying loans and notes, calling into question the underlying accuracy of MERS information.

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