New York AG Signals Crackdown On Bank Foreclosure Practices

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On June 4, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (AG) announced a lawsuit against a major financial institution for allegedly violating state law by failing to timely file in foreclosure cases “requests for judicial intervention” (RJI), which would trigger court-supervised settlement conferences. The suit seeks to compel the financial institution to file the RJI immediately in all cases in which it has filed a proof of service, and to file an RJI simultaneously with proof of service in all future cases. The suit also seeks (i) to compel the firm to prepare an accounting of interest charges, penalties and fees ­that accrued beginning 60 days after the filing of proof of service on the homeowner; (ii) to toll and waive all accrued interest charges, fees and penalties that accrued, or will accrue, beginning 60 days after the filing of proof of service on the homeowner; (iii) restitution for interest charges, fees and penalties paid by the homeowner that accrued beginning 60 days after the filing of proof of service on the homeowner; and (iv) damages for homeowners injured by the alleged practices. The suit results from an AG investigation that sampled foreclosure filings in four New York counties, and the AG stated that he is committed to bringing similar actions against other lenders.


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