Columbia County judge blocks Vernonia eviction

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ST. HELENS, Ore. (AP) -- A Columbia County judge has blocked U.S. Bank from evicting a Vernonia woman whose home was sold in foreclosure.

Martha Flynn says it's a victory for a lot of people, although her ability to stay in her home remains in doubt.

The Oregonian reports the action last week raises questions about other foreclosures and could create legal problems for lenders and title companies.

The bank tried to evict Flynn during a May 24 court hearing. But on June 23 Circuit Judge Jenefer Grant found that the original lender had sold the mortgage to other parties, and the exchanges were never assigned in the county's recorder office.

U.S. Bank spokeswoman Teri Charest says it will cease eviction action while it assesses its next step.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com