May 2016

Inside the FBI’s Investigation into DocX

May 31, 2016 The Housing Justice Foundation

Lynn Szymoniak’s Freedom of Information Act request has helped generate a compelling article by David Dayen for Vice regarding the FBI’s investigation into the DocX document mill, and the limited prosecution that followed.

Six years ago, FBI agents in Jacksonville, Florida, wrote a memo to their bosses in Washington, DC, that could have unraveled the largest consumer fraud in American history.

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‘Chain of Title’ Review in the New York Times

May 14, 2016 The Housing Justice Foundation

David Dayen’s Chain of Title, which chronicles the fight against foreclosure fraud through the eyes of three South Florida activists: Lisa Epstein, Michael Redman, and Lynn Szymoniak. The book is available for purchase on Amazon and though other retailers. Here’s Frank Portnoy’s assessment from The New York Times:

On Sept.

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Guttman: A broken system and a challenge for legal scholars

May 13, 2016 Lynn Szymoniak

Reuban Guttman, one of the lead lawyers for Lynn Szymoniak’s mortgage-fraud whistle-blower case, offers the following assessment of the current state of the American legal system, in The Global Legal Post:

“The United States’ legal system is broken and there is plenty of blame to go around.”

Now there is a blunt statement that should cause our neighbours across the globe to wonder why America’s minions travel to all corners of the earth extolling the virtues of the American rule of law.

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Wells Fargo Ordered Employees to Conceal Lost Mortgage Documents

May 7, 2016 Lynn Szymoniak

From Reuters:

A former employee accused Wells Fargo & Co of instructing workers at a call center to refrain from telling customers about lost deeds or other missing documents, and of firing the worker who called the policy unethical, according to a lawsuit made public this week.

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Good News for Acceleration Issues

May 1, 2016 Lynn Szymoniak

Is there a paragraph 22/acceleration issue in your foreclosure case?  Here is the latest good news from Florida’s 4th DCA: Miller v. The Bank of New York Mellon. [Read More]

Florida’s 4th DCA Reverses Many Foreclosure Judgments

May 1, 2016 Lynn Szymoniak

“Oops – Our Bad – The Banks Didn’t Have Standing to Foreclose”

In the first four months of 2016, Florida’s 4th District Court of Appeals reversed many foreclosure judgments, primarily on standing grounds. In these appellate opinions, the appellate court repeatedly held that the banks failed to prove that they had standing to foreclose when they failed to prove that they had possession of the indorsed original note at the time the complaint was filed.… [Read More]