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Bridgeport Sues Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Over Real Estate Transaction Tax

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(Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

(Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ The city of Bridgeport is suing two mortgage giants, saying they failed to pay a tax on real estate transactions.

Bridgeport, Connecticut’s largest city, filed the federal lawsuit Monday against Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Bridgeport is challenging their claim that they are exempt from an excise tax paid to municipalities and the state when real estate is sold.

Spokesmen for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac said they don’t comment on pending litigation.

The lawsuit seeks class action status on behalf of all Connecticut municipalities.

An attorney for Bridgeport said it was unclear how much is at stake in the lawsuit.

Fannie and Freddie own or guarantee about half of all U.S. mortgages, or nearly 31 million home loans.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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