What Does “Stopping Foreclosures” Really Mean?

When HSBC said it had stopped “processing foreclosures” and “suspended foreclosures” in its 2010 annual report, that language seemed pretty straightforward. But, Abigail Field reports, it turns out that “suspended” doesn’t mean exactly what those of us speaking plain English understand it to mean. 

The Daily Finance story calls out two HSBC foreclosure cases currently wending their way through the Florida courts, and quotes the weak explanation offered up by HSBC and then jumps into the next burning semantic question:  What exactly does HSBC mean when its representatives insist that “we” don’t robo-sign?