New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is planning to file more lawsuits related to problems associated with lender pressuring of appraisers, but he is also preparing to take other legal actions that highlight another "systemic, industrywide" problem next week."We will begin other cases that make other points on systemic frauds within the housing arena," Mr. Cuomo said at a news conference in Washington, where he endorsed a bill to reform appraisal and servicing practices. The New York AG recently filed a lawsuit against First American Corp. and its appraisal management company for allegedly succumbing to pressure to change valuations. He stressed that his office pursued the First American case because it provides the "most graphic illustration of this issue" and that it cannot be dismissed as an isolated case. WaMu has said it was "surprised and disappointed by the allegations in the complaint related to [First American's] eAppraiseIT unit" and has suspended its business relationship with eAppraiseIT "until we can further investigate the situation." First American has said it believes the allegations have no basis in fact or law and that the program challenged by the attorney general "has been vetted and approved by the federal regulator responsible for oversight of such programs."

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