Judge fines major legal firm for foreclosure conduct

Max has been teaching about these “foreclosure mill” law firms in his Bankruptcy Boot Camps.  Finally some encouraging news that judges are taking notice, as reported by the Sarasota Herald Tribune’s Todd Ruger:

A circuit judge singled out a Fort Lauderdale foreclosure firm on Monday, finding its business model violates legal ethics and leveling a $49,000 fine for scheduling hearings and then not showing up in court.

In a judicial district that has taken a hard line on fraudulent or messy foreclosure filings, the judge’s ruling is the first time a court officer has openly attacked the methods of one of the firms responsible for thousands of foreclosures statewide.

Sarasota attorney Michael Belle, who is trying to clean up the foreclosure process, said it was the first major penalty from a state judge about how the so-called “foreclosure mills” do business.

Check out the full article at the Sarasota Herald Tribune.