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Judge Rules that Lenders Can't Refile Failed Foreclosures

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ The Maine supreme court has ruled a mortgage company can't have two bites at the apple when it comes to a foreclosure proceeding.

  The court has unanimously upheld a ruling against Fannie Mae, which tried to start a new foreclosure process on a property in Lincoln after a judge threw out the original case.

  A lawyer for the property owners called the ruling a victory for consumers, saying the Thursday court decision makes clear that rules must be applied equally to lenders and borrowers. He says it ensures that lenders can't try to refile a foreclosure case that it already lost.

  Lawyers for Fannie Mae didn't immediately return a call seeking comment.