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TRENTON-On Wednesday, US district Judge Freda Wolfson denied a motion to dismiss a malpractice suit charging that Riley, Riper, Hollin & Colagreco of Paoli, PA mishandled instructions by RBC Bank of Houston to make sure a construction loan in Egg Harbor Township was secured by a first lein, according to a report in the New Jersey Law Journal.

When the builder went bankrupt, the bank learned that its lein was subordinate to the vendee liens of the purchasers of the builder’s homes.

Partner Louis Colagreco Jr. says the firm has no comment, but lawyers in and outside the litigation suggest that vendee liens are tricky for real estate attorneys because they are not recorded unless the deposit documents are registered.

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