FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS? NEXT ROUND

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I’m afraid I need to throw little water on our parade here. Yes its true that the bell has rung — but it isn’t the end of the boxing match, it’s just the end of the current round. We bloodied them up a bit but they have their own strategies and they are not as stupid as we would like — just as we are not as stupid as they would like. They are setting up a trap-door for us. BEWARE!

The current round of “we’re stopping” foreclosures is nothing more than a PR stunt much like the “stress test” that was done at the time that everyone thought the whole financial system would collapse. Then the stress test results came out and not surprisingly the results were favorable — the banks were OK and the system was not in imminent danger of collapse — or so we were led to believe. Some of us believed it some didn’t but the strategy worked.

You can expect that the banks are going to come out very soon and state that based upon their review and inspection of the documents etc. they have found that in most cases the paperwork is in order. They will apologize for using improper procedure (lying on affidavits) but the foreclosures will now go forward with the correct information on the affidavits, assignments, endorsements,, powers of attorney etc. Don’t try to make more of this than it is. They will make fools out of you if you go into court expecting the Judge to throw the book at them and declare you the winner.

Some of you might make the mistake of believing them. It’s the same lie recycled. AND you still are required to prove it. But you just made some headway in being able to prove it as Judge’s give due consideration to the fact that these foreclosure mills were manufacturing paper rather than doing the proper due diligence before initiating foreclosure. The presumptions in favor of the banks just got weaker  but they are not gone. Presumptions in your favor as homeowners and borrowers are still some distance away. There is still the nagging wrongful belief that the borrowers are immoral in defending these actions, walking away from underwater homes, and otherwise finding relief from fraudulent transactions that rarely get any front page news unless the BANKS do something. No it isn’t fair. It’s reality.

Use this event strategically to press for discovery. Don’t argue with the them about their representation that the information on the affidavit was true but that they just used the wrong procedure. Your reply should be that you understand that incorrect procedure does not change facts, but it DOES make it an issue that needs to be investigated. Their credibility is now an issue by their own admission and if the information they are presenting is all correct they should have no problem with allowing you to conduct discovery.

The essential problem for them is still the same: ANY affidavit will be wrongful and fabricated and based upon wrongful and fabricated documentation created long after you closed on the loan. The borrower never signed a note payable to any pool and the pool never received a proper assignment and didn’t want it. What they wanted was the money, not the documents. But that means they were just splitting up the receivables and not the ownership of the loan. So in each case the obligation from the borrower runs to some obligee that is neither the payee on the note nor the mortgagee or beneficiary of the security isntrument. It exists but it is unsecured and subject to set off from loss mitigation payments from third parties.

They can’t get away from the fact that the loan documents were intentionally destroyed or lost, that they never had any assignments, endorsements or powers of attorney executed, that they never sent the paperwork anywhere and that representations in SEC documents that the loans were transferred and fit the descriptions contained in those self-serving documents are just plain wrong. They are lies. Your goal should  be to get a live person swearing under oath under penalty of perjury about the facts of your loan, the status in the securitization infrastructure, and the location of the documents that prove those assertions, as well as the time that such documents were created, where, and who the people were that signed them.

As for the docket, well, if every time a lawyer does discovery he ends up proving the the case of the other side the requests for discovery will stop. Press hard and use these admissions of GMAC, BOA, Chase (and the others to come) as proof of your right and need to more information about the identity of the creditor and getting an accounting from that creditor and not just from the servicer. Do NOT think this news cycle will put you over the top  to win your case.

Also I am concerned about the whole wrongful foreclosure thing. People might get surprised if they don’t know what they are doing. I don’t think you can get damages for wrongful foreclosure just because the paperwork was wrong. I think the elements of the tort are a full breach of duty and that would mean proving that the pretender lender had no colorable right to foreclose either because the “lender” was a complete fake and/or because nobody could foreclose. This is like legal malpractice cases where there is a case within the case. You have to prove they did wrong AND that they caused you damage which means that but for them you would never have lost the house or have had a cloud on your title. In my opinion most Judges won’t agree that because they lied you are entitled to damages for wrongful foreclosure. But you might get them for frivolous pleadings under Federal Rule 11, Florida Statute 57.105 or the equivalent. As far as I know the recovery would be limited to attorney fees and costs, which isn’t a bad idea for lawyers.

11 Responses

  1. YOU SAID: “You have to prove they did wrong AND that they caused you damage which means that but for them you would never have lost the house or have had a cloud on your title. In my opinion most Judges won’t agree that because they lied you are entitled to damages for wrongful foreclosure.”

    Well lthat just doesn’t make sense.. If you lost a 150K house BECAUSE of them wrongfully foreclosing then how are you entiltled to only damages in the amount of attorney fees????? that is not equitable.

  2. Thanks for the “watch your back” post, Neil. Good info and as always keeping us straight!

  3. It is an election year and politicians want your vote now. Using the guise of helping us by stopping foreclosures “temporally”. I totally agree with Neil, do not be fooled and wait for help from our officials or the banks. We have solutions and are collecting names for further suits and class actions. Call Robert 860-599-5557 to learn and find out how.

  4. SHAPIRO & FISHMAN WIN KEY RULING IN FORECLOSURE INVESTIGATION

    Tampa Bay Business Journal

    A judge in Palm Beach County has issued a setback for Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum in his efforts to investigate a Tampa law firm that focuses on foreclosure.

    Judge Jack S. Cox of the 15th Judicial Circuit ordered an immediate halt Monday to the investigative subpoena issued by McCollum’s office, according to a statement from Richman Greer PA, the firm representing Shapiro & Fishman LLP, against the state.

    Shapiro & Fishman is one of three companies under investigation by McCollum for its foreclosure processes throughout Florida.

    McCollum lacked jurisdiction over the matter and THE SUBPOENA WAS OVERBROAD, VAGUE, INCONSISTENT AND UNDULY BURDENSOME, Cox said, according to the statement.

    “This is a prime example of abuse of government power,” said Gerald Richman of Richman Greer, in the statement. “We continually expressed our willingness to voluntarily cooperate and discuss any complaints, but it always fell on deaf ears.”

    Richman added that Shapiro & Fishman were “still willing to voluntarily cooperate” with McCollum’s office to “assuage any concerns.”

    Ryan Wiggins, acting communications director for McCollum’s office, said in a statement that the attorney general’s lawyers “are discussing our options, including whether or not we will appeal the judge’s ruling.”

    McCollum announced his investigation into Shapiro & Fishman along with the Law Offices of Marshall C. Watson PA in Fort Lauderdale and the Law Offices of David J. Stern PA in Plantation in August.

    The firms were hired by loan servicers to initiate foreclosure proceedings when mortgage holders failed to pay, McCollum’s office said at the time of the announcement.

    McCollum said he was looking to see whether improper documentation may have been created and filed with Florida courts to speed up foreclosure, potentially without the knowledge or consent of homeowners involved.

    RICHMAN, HOWEVER, SAID MCCOLLUM WAS PANDERING TO EMOTIONAL COMPLAINTS BY CONSUMERS WHO ARE AT RISK OF LOSING THEIR HOMES DUE TO MARKET FORCES AND ECONOMIC ISSUES THAT HAVE NO RELEVANCE TO LAW FIRMS SERVICING THEIR CLIENTS.

  5. EULE, I just got off the phone with my AG. He was adamant about homeowners contacting the OCC and HUD about QWR blow-offs, and any other non-compliance issues with the banks.

    Death by a thousand cuts.

  6. We need to write more complaints to FTC, OCC ,AG each State . As soon the first Bank officer goes to
    gail , the banks may change the way the work.

  7. OBAMA WANTS TO GET REELECTED

    HE IS ALSO GOING AFTER AMEX AND THE REST OF THE CROOKS

  8. Some judge I think judge young said ” how as a profession couldwe sink so low”. It’s never too late for the banks and the government to say sorry this would be an oppertunity to attmpt to say sorry and not continue down this immoral path towards a terrible place for future generations. The world is ready for the paradim shift we must help each other and do what is right for the world. I may be over simplifying something that is far from simple but the banks the government wall street there has to be a better way figure it out

  9. Here’s what the other side thinks about this. They also state we should cry for the banks and the banks are “hapless” and of course the always tiresome rant that homeowners are “deadbeats”. Enjoy!

    http://blogs.forbes.com/richardepstein/2010/10/04/the-cleansing-force-mortgage-foreclosures/?boxes=opinionschannellatest

  10. Judges in Maryland state courts have been ignoring fraudulent practices of pretender lenders but I am fighting to the last drop.

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