Mortgage lenders can’t be sued privately for allegedly breaching their agreements under a mortgage-relief program designed to keep homeowners out of foreclosure, a bankruptcy judge says.

The federal Home Affordable Mortgage Program, which allows mortgagees to stay in their homes if they demonstrate an ability to make lower monthly payments, does not create a private right of action, Judge Michael Kaplan ruled in In re O’Biso, 11-21794.

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