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Fannie Mae v. Janczak

Pennsylvania Superior Court

January 21, 2021

Fannie Mae is the common name for the Federal National Mortgage Association, a government-sponsored private corporation established by Congress to facilitate the secondary market in residential mortgages. In Fannie Mae v. Janczak, the corporation tried to evict the defendant after it foreclosed on the home he resided in. But Mr. Janczak is quite the stickler. He argued that under all relevant legal and factual arguments he was properly evicted except for one small thing: The corporation sued under its nickname, Fannie Mae, and not its true name. And that violated the Fictitious Names Act, 54 Pa.C.S.A. ยงยง 301-332. The Superior Court agreed and reversed the order granting summary judgment to Fannie Mae, or whatever you want to call the corporation.

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