Another One Bites the Dust

The foreclosure mill fallout has continued. As reported in the Sun-Sentinel from an article in the Palm Beach Post by Kimberly Miller, Ben-Ezra & Katz is closing its foreclosure practice and has provided layoff notices to its employees. This follows the closure of David Stern’s foreclosure practice in March. Each of these firms is headquartered in Broward County but handle foreclosures statewide. Meanwhile, perhaps 100,000 pending foreclosure cases still have Stern’s firm as attorney of record with no staff to file motions to withdraw.

On another front, an appellate court, the 4th District Court of appeals, has ruled that the Florida Attorney General’s office does not have the authority to investigate with subpoenas Shapiro and Fishman under Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act. (a criminal investigation would be permitted but is not at issue). The Florida Bar is known to have opened investigations of numerous attorneys on foreclosure practices.

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