Florida Supreme Court asked to stop foreclosures by “foreclosure mills”

U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson asked the Florida Supreme Court to stop all foreclosures handled by law firms under investigation for document fraud.  Apparently 3 law firms handle 80% of all Florida foreclosures.

Here is the Orlando Sentinel article:

Grayson: Stop suspect foreclosures

U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson has asked the Florida Supreme Court to halt mortgage foreclosure cases handled by three law firms under investigation by the state’s attorney general.

In a letter sent Monday, Grayson urges Chief Justice Charles Canady to suspend cases filed by three firms he calls “foreclosure mills:” the Law Offices of Marshall C. Watson; Shapiro & Freeman; and the Law Offices of David J. Stern.

Together, those firms handle about 80 percent of the foreclosures in Florida, according to Grayson. Attorney General Bill McCollum is investigating whether the firms presented courts with fabricated documents to obtain judgments against homeowners.

In one Jacksonville case, a judge blocked a foreclosure brought by Washington Mutual Bank and JPMorgan Chase Bank, and their law firm, Shapiro & Fishman, and accused them of fraud when it turned out the mortgage was owned by Fannie Mae.

Mark Schlueb can be reached at mschlueb@orlandosentinel.com or 407-420-5417.

Of course just about everybody knows that MOST corporate lawyers are crooks and get paid to lie.  It’s nice to see that they can’t always get away with it.

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