ST. LOUIS - An Arkansas federal judge's decision to dismiss a class action suit brought by a city clerk against Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc. (MERS) and a number of banks was affirmed Dec. 31 by a panel of the Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals after the panel found that the judge properly ruled that the case was subject to federal jurisdiction under the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) and that the plaintiff failed to state claims for relief because Arkansas does not require lenders to record mortgage assignments (Mayme Brown, et al. v. Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc., et al., No. 12-3494, 8th Cir.; 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 25849).