It is beginning to look like a circus out there…
We have law firms suing banks, banks suing law firms, courts with no money, and now we have this…
by Kim Miller
Palm Beach County Chief Judge Peter Blanc has been weighing his options following the March 4 letter from former “foreclosure king” David J. Stern that said his firm was ceasing foreclosure operations at the end of the month and leaving about 100,000 cases statewide in limbo.
On Friday, Blanc responded by saying the decision to end the firm’s representation of cases with a single letter to all chief judges has no basis in law, and therefore cannot be considered as an “effective or legal termination” of his obligations.
Blanc said he “strongly” urges Stern to reconsider his unilateral decision to cease representation.
Also, to deal with the nearly 9,000 Stern foreclosure cases in Palm Beach County that are now in question, Blanc said he is setting case management conferences that will require Stern’s firm to provide notice to all parties to the proceeding.
“We will set the hearings in large blocks to reduce the amount of court time necessary to address the high volume of cases,” Blanc wrote. “We will also send copies of our orders out electronically to all registered users of our online scheduling system to increase the likelihood of new counsel receiving notice and will post the notices on our 15th Circuit website.”
Maybe he should of said “please.”
Full letters below…