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Bank of America fights contentious court battle over purge of nearly 2 billion bank records

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I am very proud that after years of fighting foreclosure fraud by Bank of America and months of investigation by CNBC.com, they have finally published an in-depth story about my work. “Miami attorney Bruce Jacobs, a former prosecutor, says the bank got rid of loan records that he claims may have contained evidence of fraud…. Read More »

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Miami Foreclosure Lawyer Bruce Jacobs Seeks to Oust Dem. Party Leader

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Esteemed Miami foreclosure lawyer Bruce Jacobs has been given the go-ahead to proceed with his lawsuit that aims to oust the new Florida Democratic Party Chairman Stephen Bittel. The lawsuit recently survived a motion to dismiss after Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Lisa Walsh ruled the complaint should be allowed to proceed. Walsh declined, however, too… Read More »

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Chase Debt Collection Practices Targeted by CFPB, State Attorneys General

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Consumer advocates have been warning for years that bank debt collection tactics by third-party collection agencies are unfair, deceptive and abusive. Now, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the attorneys general of 47 states and Washington, D.C., have filed an enforcement action against one of the largest banks in the country for allegedly… Read More »

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Report: When Banks Face Felonies, Few Fear Real Consequences

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If you or I were convicted of a felony crime, we would almost certainly lose our freedom. We’d be facing prison time. We’d likely lose our job. We would also no longer have the right to a host of civil liberties, including the right to vote. But we are not large financial institutions. If… Read More »

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Judge: Banks Broke the Law, Caused Financial Collapse

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For years, Wall Street sympathizers have defended actions of bankers in the lead-up to the collapse of the housing market and subsequent financial crisis. While many practices within the financial industry have drawn criticism, under special scrutiny was the practice of packaging shoddy mortgages and then selling them to unsuspecting investors prior to 2008…. Read More »

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Public Worker Pensions Funneled Into Risky Investment Funds

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A recent report by advocacy group Democracy Now! details how pensions for millions of Americans public workers have been invested into risky hedge funds, private equity and “alternative investment funds.” These investments put worker pensions at risk – but they have been lining the pockets of local politicians with millions of dollars in investment… Read More »

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Warren, Wall Street and Antonio Weiss: The Battle for True Financial Reform

By Jacobs Legal |

In the wake of the 2008 housing market collapse and economic meltdown that followed, it became clear that real change would have to be effected on Wall Street if we hoped to avoid a similar scenario down the road. In many respects, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has made that her mission. The Washington Post… Read More »

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Florida’s Foreclosure Law Stripping Homeowners of Property Rights

By Jacobs Legal |

It began with an effort by Florida’s judicial leaders and state legislators to boost the state’s economy by sorting through the gargantuan foreclosure backlog and getting these homes back on the market. However, for those trying to hang onto their homes, it’s turned into what one reporter described as a “Kafkaesque nightmare,” referring to… Read More »

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Report: “Too Big to Fail” Banking is Far From Over

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Following the 2008 collapse of the housing market and subsequent bank bailouts, federal regulators insisted the 11 largest U.S. and foreign banks draft so-called “living wills.” These documents spelled out contingency plans in the event institutional collapse. Banks were given two years to come up with a plan. They were ordered to simplify their… Read More »

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Non-Disclosure Agreements for Mortgage Loan Modifications?

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An out-of-state banking regulator has launched an investigation into whether a mortgage servicing firm required struggling homeowners to sign an agreement not to publicly deride the firm if they hoped to have their loan modified. Reuters reports that such contracts may have been required by more than one firm, including Ocwen Financial Corp., which… Read More »

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