By Brian Dowling (June 17, 2022, 7:29 p.m. EDT) — A Massachusetts couple fighting a bank foreclosure bid in federal court were harmed when a judge slammed the door on their discovery requests and awarded the financial institution a pretrial victory, the First Circuit said Friday.

The mortgage on Linda S. Pinti and Lesley R. Phillips’ condo in Cambridge, Mass., “seems to have taken on a life of its own,” U.S. Circuit Judge Bruce M. Seyla wrote for the three-judge panel that s sided with the couple. against Emigrant Residential LLC, an entity controlled by New York-based Emigrant Bank.

The couple’s foreclosure battle with Emigrant had so far unfolded in the Massachusetts Supreme Court…

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