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Rare dispute within Florida Bar over quickie foreclosures

Rare dispute within Florida Bar over quickie foreclosures

News   •   Apr 14, 2013 16:52 EDT

A rare public brawl is escalating between members of the Florida Bar about HB 87 and SB 1666 and one of the organization’s most powerful sections over legislation aimed at speeding the state’s lengthy foreclosure process.

What are zombie titles?

What are zombie titles?

News   •   Apr 08, 2013 06:55 EDT

Zombie titles occur after a homeowner defaults, but when a lender never follows through with the foreclosure. During this time, the borrower in default is still liable for the property, even though he or she no longer lives there and is not aware of the fact that he or she still owns it.

"Banks force-placed insurance practices under microscope"

"Banks force-placed insurance practices under microscope"

Blog posts   •   Mar 31, 2013 09:45 EDT

More "too big to fail, too big to jail" with force placed insurance. It is a bank insurance product that essentially force homeowners to purchase if they either allow their own policy to lapse – often the result of financial difficulties – or if the lender determines the what the homeowner has is insufficient. Last week, Assurant Inc. received $14 million slap on the wrist....

Bill to fast track foreclosures has sparked a rare internal Florida Bar fight

Bill to fast track foreclosures has sparked a rare internal Florida Bar fight

Press Releases   •   Mar 30, 2013 14:15 EDT

Bill to fast track foreclosures has sparked a rare internal Florida "Bar" fight. Members of opposing committees disagree over proposed fast track foreclosure Bills (HB 87 and SB 1666) because there are those that defend homeowners in foreclosure and those that do not.

Florida Foreclosure legislation invites bank fraud

Florida Foreclosure legislation invites bank fraud

Blog posts   •   Mar 25, 2013 05:50 EDT

Florida proposed legislation - HB 87 and SB 1666 - which backers claim will clear the backlog of foreclosure cases in Florida instead invites bank fraud and creates more problems by putting speed ahead of justice.

Trouble With Vatican Bank Mirrors Woes in U.S.

Trouble With Vatican Bank Mirrors Woes in U.S.

Blog posts   •   Mar 18, 2013 15:56 EDT

With a new spirit surrounding the country, amplified by a those willing to challenge Wall Street's 'Too big to Fail, Too Big to Jail,' reputation, will the new Pope or President Obama challenge these issues? The scandal and controversy that has recently marred the Vatican Bank has parallels to the scourge of lawlessness some critics say rules Wall Street institutions.

South Florida - Keeping Your Place In Paradise Just Got Trickier

South Florida - Keeping Your Place In Paradise Just Got Trickier

News   •   Mar 15, 2013 18:35 EDT

With that comes property. Property that was the hub of the investment world from 2003 through 2007, in which just about everyone felt that they could secure their place in the sun. Investors, as attorney Roy Oppenheim summarizes, “were buying two, three and four at a time. There was overindulgence and a big supply of funds — banks were lending too much.”

Beware, the re-advent of the 'Rocket Docket' is Back... only this time, it's Faster.

Beware, the re-advent of the 'Rocket Docket' is Back... only this time, it's Faster.

News   •   Mar 15, 2013 16:17 EDT

The following article has been republished from The Daily Business Review for the South Florida Law Blog. In this article, Roy Oppenheim, expert legal foreclosure defense attorney predicts lenders will benefit in 95 percent of cases, "But it will all come down to who's prepared for trial on the fateful day." "You will get asymmetrical results. It's like roulette."

 Latest Robo-Signing Settlement Bittersweet for Consumers

Latest Robo-Signing Settlement Bittersweet for Consumers

News   •   Feb 27, 2013 06:00 EST

LPS, a subsidiary of Docx received what seems a slap on the wrist for the robosigning debacle. And, federal prosecutors requires them to pay $35 million in fines, and to promise never to do it again. That fine comes on top of a $120.6 million settlement agreement with attorneys general in 46 states and Washington, D.C. to resolve similar allegations relating to housing, mortgages and fraud..

DocX Shutdown Part of $35M ‘Robosigning’ Fraud Settlement

DocX Shutdown Part of $35M ‘Robosigning’ Fraud Settlement

News   •   Feb 21, 2013 17:31 EST

“They’re a little guy taking the hit,” says Roy Oppenheim, a partner with Oppenheim Law in Weston, Fla., of DocX. “They committed massive fraud on a regular basis at the employ of the banks. The banks knew they were doing it.”

The State of the Union Speech You Should Have Heard

The State of the Union Speech You Should Have Heard

Blog posts   •   Feb 20, 2013 11:15 EST

If you watched President Obama give the State of the Union , you might be scratching your head over his failure to speak, except for a brief mention, about what will one day fill at least a chapter in history books as one of the worst financial crises since the Great Depression.

Fla. High Court Leaves Robosigning Crisis Up In The Air  - Law360

Fla. High Court Leaves Robosigning Crisis Up In The Air - Law360

News   •   Feb 13, 2013 13:38 EST

"They acknowledge that the wolf is in the hen house, yet they're not willing to get the wolf out of the hen house," foreclosure defense attorney Roy Oppenheim of Oppenheim Law said. "They're willing to close the barn door and leave the wolf there."

Foreclosure ruling disappoints, lawyers say -- Sun-Sentinel

Foreclosure ruling disappoints, lawyers say -- Sun-Sentinel

News   •   Feb 08, 2013 10:36 EST

Weston lawyer Roy Oppenheim, who was not involved in the Pino case, said he's pleased that the Florida Supreme Court at least acknowledged that fraud exists in foreclosure cases.

Bill to speed up foreclosures passes House panel -- Sun-Sentinel

Bill to speed up foreclosures passes House panel -- Sun-Sentinel

News   •   Feb 07, 2013 21:01 EST

Roy Oppenheim, a Weston-based foreclosure defense lawyer, said Passidomo is "hellbent" on getting the bill passed into law.

'Break up the banks' is latest chart-topper -- Yahoo! Homes

'Break up the banks' is latest chart-topper -- Yahoo! Homes

News   •   Feb 07, 2013 16:44 EST

My friends, the drumbeat is growing louder and louder. Each and every day another voice is joining the chorus.

Congressional Inquiry Into Foreclosure Review Is Too Little, Too Late  -- US News and World Report

Congressional Inquiry Into Foreclosure Review Is Too Little, Too Late -- US News and World Report

News   •   Feb 07, 2013 10:21 EST

So now some key members of Congress want a thorough review of the Independent Foreclosure Review process.

With CFPB Appointment In Limbo, So Is the Housing Recovery -- US News and World Report

With CFPB Appointment In Limbo, So Is the Housing Recovery -- US News and World Report

News   •   Feb 01, 2013 10:11 EST

A decision by a federal appeals court has called into question the recess appointment of CFPB director Richard Cordray,and so the Qualified Mortgage Rule, could be headed to the scrap yard.

CFPB to Banks: Just Play Nice In the Sandbox -- US News and World Report

CFPB to Banks: Just Play Nice In the Sandbox -- US News and World Report

News   •   Jan 26, 2013 17:27 EST

New home mortgage lending rules put forth by the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau simply lack the bite to have any real impact on the banks' questionable behavior.

New Rules Offer Homeowners Protection from Foreclosure -- Lawyers.com

New Rules Offer Homeowners Protection from Foreclosure -- Lawyers.com

News   •   Jan 23, 2013 10:01 EST

“These rules really just move from the Federal Reserve and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency to the CFPB,” observes Roy Oppenheim, a partner with Oppenheim Law in Weston, Fla., who practices real estate law.

Dawn of the dead (mortgage): Zombie foreclosures are back! -- Yahoo! Homes

Dawn of the dead (mortgage): Zombie foreclosures are back! -- Yahoo! Homes

News   •   Jan 17, 2013 16:33 EST

Like Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, and Jigsaw, they just keep coming back, even though no one really wants them to.