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Supreme Court Examines Whether Miami Can Sue Banks over the Foreclosure Crisis

December 9, 2016 Posted by kingcade

Should Bank of America and Wells Fargo be held responsible for potentially billions of dollars in tax revenue Miami and other cities lost after property values plunged in minority neighborhoods due to questionable lending practices and foreclosures?

That’s just one of the tough questions U.S. Supreme Court justices asked in oral arguments over Bank of America v. Miami, which tests the limits of who can sue under the expansive Fair Housing Act.

A series of probing questions from Justice Elena Kagan, the daughter of a housing attorney who served as Solicitor General in the Obama administration said the FHA is “a very peculiar and distinctive kind of anti-discrimination statute that focuses on community harms, not individual injuries,” she said.

The banks had it tough. A pair of Supreme Court precedents established that the FHA extends standing, or the right to sue, “to the full limits of Article III” of the Constitution, including cities and even non-profit organizations dedicated to fighting housing discrimination.

Last year in Texas Dept. of Housing v. Inclusive Communities, Justice Anthony Kennedy upheld the disparate-impact theory in FHA suits, allowing plaintiffs to prove discrimination with statistics instead of direct evidence of discriminatory intent.

Given these precedents, attorney Neal Katyal, arguing for the banks, conceded from the outset that cities can sue under the FHA.  He argued Miami was pushing its theory too far, appropriating the injuries allegedly suffered by minority borrowers as its own.  That violated the idea of proximate cause as well as the requirement that the lending discrimination falls within the “zone of interest” the city can enforce.

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Law Firm Sues Wells Fargo over Foreclosure Work

November 3, 2016 Posted by kingcade

A New Jersey law firm has filed a lawsuit against Wells Fargo, claiming that the bank’s delayed efforts to fix its robo-signing problems led to the law firm’s demise. The law firm, Zucker, Goldberg & Ackerman, claims to have helped the lender foreclose on thousands of homeowners.

The lawsuit alleges that Wells Fargo took several years to comply with a 2010 New Jersey Supreme Court order that called for lenders to show that they were properly submitting mortgage details before foreclosing on a property. The law firm has since laid off most of its 335 employees within the last year.

According to the law firm, Wells Fargo’s delay in responding to the 2010 court order caused significant financial problems for the firm. The lawsuit states that under the bank’s agreement with mortgage lenders, the law firm would advance most of the foreclosure-related expenses and be reimbursed later. The lawsuit also states that the lender has refused to pay more than $2.5 million for work that Zucker, Goldberg & Ackerman did for the bank.

The firm was hired to file court pleadings, ensure compliance with state and federal regulations and research information such as ownership, payment history and title history for each case, according to the lawsuit.

Wells Fargo’s spokesman Tom Goyda released a statement that said the bank disagrees “with the claims regarding fees owed to the firm” and said that the lawsuit’s other allegations “should not be viewed as credible.”

U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Christine Gravelle scheduled a hearing on December 21st.

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Choosing the right attorney can make the difference between whether or not you can keep your home. A well-qualified Miami foreclosure defense attorney will not only help you keep your home, but they will be able to negotiate a loan that has payments you can afford. Miami foreclosure defense attorney Timothy Kingcade has helped many facing foreclosure alleviate their stress by letting them stay in their homes for at least another year, allowing them to re-organize their lives. If you have any questions on the topic of foreclosure please feel free to contact me at (305) 285-9100. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Debt Collection Appeal

October 21, 2016 Posted by kingcade

The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to hear an appeal filed by Midland Funding, a subsidiary of Encore Capital Group, which was sued by an Alabama debtor named Aleida Johnson. Johnson entered into bankruptcy in 2014 and claims Midland Funding has sought payment of $1,879 in debt that Johnson had incurred more than a decade earlier. Alabama has a six-year statute of limitations for debt to be collected.

Supreme Court Justices will decide whether or not people can sue companies who have attempted to collect debts that they are not legally required to pay back due to their state’s statute of limitations.

It is common practice for some debt collection companies to attempt to collect on an old debt that is not legally recoverable under state law. However, if a debtor does not object to the payment, claims can be made against them when they enter into bankruptcy.

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