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Industry Leaders LPS and KMC Information Systems Form Strategic Alliance

Integration of LPS Technologies and CaseAware Case Management System Will Improve Foreclosure Processing Efficiency and Transparency 

Lender Processing Services, Inc. (NYSE: LPS), a leading provider of integrated technology, data and analytics to the mortgage and real estate industries, and KMC Information Systems (KMCIS), the leading provider of case management and integration technology to law firms and trustees, have formed a strategic alliance that will more fully integrate select LPS technologies with KMCIS’ CaseAware® platform and create an end-to-end foreclosure processing solution for loan servicers.

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