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In Support of Appraiser Independence - Blacklisting Lawsuit in CA

I just downloaded a fascinating PDF complaint regarding a pending lawsuit initiated by an appraiser who was removed from the approved list by a major banking institution. California appraiser J Wertz is suing Washington Mutual, eAppraiseIT, Lenders Services and others in a complaint filed in February 2008 that alleges she was removed from WaMu’s "proven" appraiser panel for indicating a “declining market” in a May 2007 report.

Here's tthe link to Working R E Magazine (online edition) where you can read the article and download the PDF:


She is demanding damages and a Jury Trial. I believe this is going to be a fascinating case to watch unfold in the California Supreme Court. To quote the plaintiff, “No appraiser should have to decide whether to keep putting food on the table or do their job correctly and not violate the law.” - Jennifer Wertz

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Comment balloon 3 commentsC Tann-Starr • May 22 2008 08:11AM


Washington Mutual, eAppraiseIT, Lenders Services -- have been discussed again and again on

the appraisers forum:  http://appraisersforum.com

Do a search there and read up on these darlings

Posted by RRA over 12 years ago


Thank you for the heads up. I appreciate the additional information and the link.

Regards, C.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 12 years ago

RRA - thanks for the link - I registered, bookmarked and plan to read to become more educated.  Our appraisers are being put through the ringer and most are great appraisers who work hard to do a great job - a few bad apples...

Posted by Kathy Carson over 12 years ago

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