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U.S. Trustees Increase Scrutiny of Foreclosure Cases - Part Two

In our last blog post, we discussed the United States Trustee Program's (USTP) increased scrutiny of foreclosure matters. We looked at two cases in which a trustee challenged banks' requests to have automatic foreclosure stays lifted despite the fact that they provided no evidence they were entitled to take such action. Today, we will continue to look at the controversial issue.

U.S. Trustees Increase Scrutiny of Foreclosure Cases - Part One

Following the recent foreclosure scandals, many banks halted the evictions of borrowers while reviewing their foreclosure procedures and fixing flaws in their documentation procedures. However, most of the largest banks have resumed evictions again. While they claim to have tightened up procedures, one major concern remains. Do these banks have legal standing to foreclose?

Rolling Stone Takes a Look at Florida's Rocket Docket

The Florida rocket docket controversy has even caught the attention of Rolling Stone magazine. The term "rocket docket" was coined to describe the in-and-out philosophy of foreclosure courts. The article features the experiences of Matt Taibbi, who went to Florida to examine the foreclosure process.

Courts Using Summary Judgments To Clear Foreclosure Backlog

As we have discussed before in a previous blog post, Florida courts have been called "rocket dockets" for their speedy hearings for foreclosure cases. The court system has been accused of not taking the time to ensure all foreclosures are legal and fair. A new report suggests that this trend continues in foreclosure cases.

Banks Accused of Changing Locks on Occupied Homes in Foreclosure

Adding more controversy to Florida foreclosure proceedings, some banks are sending representatives to change locks on Florida properties that are in foreclosure, even though they are still occupied. Florida foreclosure defense attorneys are concerned about the implications of this newest scandal.

Housing Crisis Fueled by Racial Predatory Lending

A study released today in the American Sociological Review reveals that predatory lending focused on minority neighborhoods played a significant role in the foreclosure crisis. The study was conducted by Professor Douglas Massey of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and graduate student Jacob Rugh.

Thousands of Foreclosure Filings under Scrutiny Due to Faulty Paperwork from Banks and Lenders

Thousands of foreclosures are being scrutinized after employees at several major lenders approved thousands of foreclosure affidavits and other documents without proper evaluation. JP Morgan has suspended some 56,000 foreclosures after admitting some may have been authorized without proper review. Ally Financial, another major lender, suspended evictions in twenty-three states.

Miami-Dade Circuit Court Facing Rocket-Docket Accusations - P. 2

In our last blog post, we established that Florida's courts are flooded with foreclosure cases and examined the system created by Miami-Dade Circuit Court to deal with the problem. Today, we will continue to discuss the controversy surrounding Miami-Dade's approach.

GMAC Suspends Evictions After Employee Admits to Robo-Signing

This week, GMAC Mortgage Co. halted foreclosure sales and evictions in 23 states, including Florida, after it was revealed that affidavits were signed by individuals who had no personal knowledge  of the information contained in the documents.

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