The case of Florida Bar v. David J. Stern just reached its next-to-last step, as the judge presiding over the hearing recommended disbarment. The report is scathing. Read it for yourself: Florida Bar v. David J. Stern: Report of Referee [PDF]
Although many people have heard of the Florida foreclosure kingpin David J. Stern, not many of those people get to see him in person. And I, who have litigated hundreds of cases against his law firm, never saw the man before today, when I testified in the trial of the numerous bar complaints against Stern. […]
Almost everyone knows that the Law Office of Davis J. Stern has been out of operation for more than two years now,even though the legal entity still exists (mainly for the purpose of suing its former clients for fees). But Stern himself looks like he’s about to lose his license. On April 17, the Florida […]
The Florida legislature is once again considering a bill to fast-track foreclosure cases in the judicial system—even though no one wants to use the expedited procedure that already exists—and one of the most dangerous provisions the bill contains is the so-called “Finality of judgment” section. The finality provision This finality provision is backed by well-funded […]
Despite earlier reports that The Law Offices of David J. Stern has shut its doors forever, the firm still appears to be functioning. According to documents filed with Florida’s Secretary of State in early 2012, the law firm is still operating at a Brickell Avenue address with Stern’s long-time partner-in-foreclosure Forrest McSurdy taking the helm.
The deposition of David J. Stern has been released. As of this posting, I haven’t even read it yet—I just wanted to get it out there.
Former employees of the Law Offices of David J. Stern have filed a class-action against Stern and his firm, claiming they were laid off in violation of federal law when Stern’s firm collapsed in November 2010. Lawyers in that suit have taken the deposition of Cheryl Samons, and her testimony is fascinating for anyone who […]
The Law Office of David J. Stern is shutting its doors for good, according to a new filing today with the Securities and Exchange Commission. That filing, on behalf of DJSP ENTERPRISES, INC. (the public legal-support company that Stern spun off from his law firm) says that: DJSP Enterprises, Inc.’s (the “Company’s”) primary customer, the […]
Poor David Stern. Poor Marshall Watson. Poor Florida Default Law Group. Poor Shapiro & Fishman. Three prominent members of Congress—including Barney Frank, the Chairman of the committee that oversees the banking industry—have written a letter to Fannie Mae demanding that they stop using foreclosure mills [PDF] that are under investigation for fraud. You should read […]
The Wall Street Journal published an article on the two Sixth Circuit cases I wrote about last week, both the Harpster and the Visicaro cases. The article quotes a lawyer in David J. Stern’s office, Forrest McSurdy, who makes the outrageous statement that: Judges get in a whirl about technicalities because the courts are overwhelmed. […]
Foreclosure should almost never be granted by summary judgment. That’s what I believe, and that’s what most of the lawyers who defend foreclosures in Florida believe. Now, it looks like there’s at least one judge who is starting to think that way too. Before I share with you why this judge may never again grant […]
Foreclosure plaintiff submits faked assignment documents in Pasco case Imagine you’ve been sued for foreclosure. Now, imagine the plaintiff submits, as evidence, a bunch of falsified documents to establish its right to foreclose. That could never happen, right? Wrong. It did, and Pasco Judge Lynn Tepper found out and would not stand for it, in […]