“Despite hundreds of foreclosure-related complaints against attorneys, not a single Florida lawyer who represents banks in foreclosure cases has been disciplined for foreclosure fraud by the Florida Bar.

And all of the major players, including leaders of the Law Offices of David J. Stern and Boca Raton-based Shapiro & Fishman, remain members in good standing with the Bar.”


Two Years After Foreclosure Probe Launched, Investigation Winds Down

By Kimberly Miller

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

The news conference was called. A five-paragraph statement issued.

It was Aug. 10, 2010, and then Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum, a candidate for governor, was making his move against three of the state’s largest and most feared foreclosure law firms — ones he suspected of illegally speeding cases through the courts with forged and fraudulent documents.

Thousands of final judgments of foreclosure may have been the result of illegal activities, the news release said.

Two years later, one firm has inked a $2 million settlement with the state.

The other law firm investigations, which came to total six by last summer, are “winding down,” Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office said Friday.

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