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10 Top Banks Agree to Pay $8.5 Billion for Foreclosure Abuses

Ten major banks and mortgage companies have agreed to pay $8.5 billion to settle complaints that they wrongfully foreclosed on homeowners. Under the settlement, people who were wrongfully foreclosed on could receive from a few hundred dollars up to $125,000.

Payments for Bad Foreclosures Are No Undeserved Windfall

Since the housing crash, millions of Americans have lost their homes, many of them victims of improper foreclosures. Now, those unfairly evicted homeowners can get cash payments in compensation. But don't be concerned that they're getting more than they deserve.

Why Bank of America Will Never Be Great Again

Bank of America did the right thing this week, nixing its notorious $5 a month debit card fee before it began. But B of A can't win, and even now, financial journalists are wondering how it will find ways to nickel and dime its way back from this week's fee retreat at the expense of its customers.

Investor Lawsuits Are Raising the Heat on Bank of America for 'Putbacks'

When Countrywide Financial created deeply flawed mortgage-backed securities, it wasn't just selling bad financial products: It was breaking its contracts. Now some ordinary investors are suing Countrywide's buyer, Bank of America, to force it to repurchase those bad mortgages. That's their right, but there's nothing simple about this case, or its ramifications.

Will Florida Finally Punish Banks and Lawyers for Foreclosure Document Fraud?

Foreclosures nationwide have exposed a swamp of fraudulent documents, but in many parts of Florida, courts have been letting banks ignore the law with impunity. Now, moves by Florida's Supreme Court and its state bar association may finally start cleaning up the fraud there by holding banks -- and lawyers -- accountable.

N.J. Appeals Court Blocks Foreclosure Over Bad Docs

A New Jersey court has invalidated a foreclosure by insisting on a basic concept of due process -- that the bank must authenticate the documents it uses to make its case. But in the case of Wells Fargo v. Sandra A. Ford, there are more issues than just who owns the mortgage. She has fraud claims that go back to the very beginning.

Lawyers' Carelessness Was Key to the Mortgage Mess

As multiple lawsuits and SEC actions progress in relation to the nation's mortgage mess, it's becoming clear that the misbehaviors of the lawyers involved at all stages were not isolated incidents: The misconduct was systemic, and it's time to start holding those lawyers accountable.

Why a New York Judge Is Throwing Out Foreclosure Cases

On Oct. 20, New York courts ordered attorneys for foreclosing banks to swear they'd personally confirmed that their documents are true and accurate. But a Brooklyn judge has taken things a step further. Since the banks aren't complying, he has started throwing out foreclosure cases.

Big Banks to New Jersey: Stop Bugging Us About Foreclosures

When New Jersey tightened its foreclosure rules in response to the false document crisis, it ordered the six largest servicers to explain why they should be allowed to continue foreclosing on homes. Their response: 'Trust us, everything's fine now.' If you think there's irony in that assertion, read on ...

Florida Is Still Letting Banks Break the Rules in Foreclosure Cases

An affidavit in a court case needs to include the documents that support its claims. Except for banks in Florida foreclosure cases. Despite the massive robo-signing scandal and evidence of errors in mortgage files, judges there still merely take the bank's word about what you owe.

A Whistleblower Blasts Chase Credit Card Practices

Linda Almonte, a former employee of JPMorgan Chase who is suing the bank for wrongful termination, has just upped the ante by filing a whistle-blower complaint with the SEC. The core allegations charge Chase with grotesque and illegal practices involving its credit card debt processes.

How to Avoid Foreclosure Rescue Scams

The foreclosure crisis continues to pummel millions of Americans, and it has given rise to a raft of industrious new con artists offering false assistance that leaves homeowners even deeper in debt and despair. If you don't want to get kicked when you're already down, here are a few things to remember.

The New Bank Stress Tests Show Just How Serious the Mortgage Mess Is

This week, the Congressional Oversight Panel recommended that the nation's big banks be stress tested again, because if problems with mortgage-backed securities are widespread, the consequences could be dire. Now, the Fed has agreed to run those tests, which it wouldn't do if it wasn't worried.

Is Robo-Signing Just the Tip of the Iceberg?

In a Senate panel hearing Monday, the Iowa attorney general said the problems in the home-loan industry extend well beyond just "robo-signing." A system-wide overhaul is needed, he said.

Ohio County: No More Robo-Signed Foreclosures

Last month the New York court system started requiring banks filing foreclosure cases to submit special sworn statements aimed at eliminating robo-signing. Now the judges in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, which includes Cleveland, are following suit.

Did Lawyers Commit Fraud in the Foreclosure Fiasco?

The so-called robo-signers at banks who signed thousands of foreclosure-related documents without reading them were lying under oath. But even worse were the robo-signing lawyers and their colleagues: They absolutely knew they were committing frauds that could get them disbarred.

Foreclosure Bill, Blasted by Critics, Vetoed by Obama

U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday vetoed a bill that its critics say would've make it harder to challenge foreclosure-related documents. Allegations of invalid foreclosure paperwork have been popping up around the country.