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HSBC Sued Again, This Time for Predatory Lending

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Following a $2.5 billion judgment for securities fraud last year against HSBC Group, the financial firm is facing another lawsuit, this time for predatory lending and racial discrimination. Miami consumer rights lawyers recognize that while the foreclosure crises impacted almost everyone in some way, the kinds of practices in which HSBC allegedly engaged assured… Read More »

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Retiring SEC Lawyer: Agency Too Lax on Wall Street

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James Kidney had worked for the Securities and Exchange Commission as a trial attorney since 1986, winning more than a half-dozen insider trading trials. But if anyone expected him to simply retire quietly with his nice pension – they were mistaken. According to Bloomberg News, the veteran lawyer used his retirement speech to blast… Read More »

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Rental Securities Investments Reminiscent of Pre-Crash Practices

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A recent report from Morningstar Inc. indicates that rent payments collected on the collateral for U.S. rental-home securities fell by nearly 8 percent over the course of just five months, ending in January. Although industry analysts have speculated the market will eventually stabilize, the performance of these securities is being closely watched, as they… Read More »

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Florida Foreclosure Aid Programs Not Helping Homeowners As Promised

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While state and federal regulators have touted programs like Florida’s Hardest-Hit Fund as a way for homeowners to seek foreclosure relief, the truth is that not only are these operations failing to help as much as promised, they may actually be pushing some people closer to losing their homes. According to a recent in-depth… Read More »

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The Wrong Way to Fight a Foreclosure

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Foreclosure is a terrible situation and it is extremely upsetting to lose the home that you have saved and worked to buy for yourself and your family. There are solutions to fighting foreclosure and you may be able to save your home or at least save your credit with the help of a Miami… Read More »

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Florida Housing Market “Recovery” Led by Investors, Cash Buyers

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While the media has been quick to announce that the housing market in Florida and elsewhere in the country is on a steady road to recovery, the reality is that the upward climb has been mostly driven by investors and those who can afford to pay for the properties in cash. This does not… Read More »

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Bigger Banks Make Foreclosure Defense Tougher

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The number of U.S. banks has fallen to its lowest number since The Great Depression, presumably at least the partial result of a stagnant economy and stiffer regulation. According to a recent article by The Wall Street Journal’s Randy Tracy, the number of federally-backed banking institutions across the country fell to just under 6,900… Read More »

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Vigorous Foreclosure Defense in Florida Garners Backlash

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There is little doubt in the collective public mind that the shady machinations of large banks, including inflated home values, little income verification and in some cases outright fraud, led to the foreclosure crisis. These financial giants have since been ordered by federal regulators to grant home loan modifications en mass to affected borrowers…. Read More »

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Bank Allows Profits to Trump Humanity in Foreclosure Case

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Virtually everyone in America today knows someone who was affected by the mortgage crisis. As such, there is seemingly no shortage of stories of how banks, operating with no moral compass, trounced the rights and interests of homeowners nationwide. However, few foreclosure defense cases illustrate the depths of this depravity better than that of… Read More »

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U.S. District Court Judge Criticizes SEC & DOJ For Failure to Take Action Against Financial Executives

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Financial executives unquestionably played a major role in causing the collapse of both the stock market and the real estate market that perpetuated the 2008 financial crisis in the United States. Yet, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice have taken little action to hold top executives accountable for the untold… Read More »

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