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

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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

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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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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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