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When I was a kid, I used to read science fiction novels with aliens who swooped down to Earth, attached themselves to poor innocent human beings, and control their minds to do the aliens’ bidding. When I read this order, the second of its kind from this judge, I have to wonder if that’s what’s […]

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This ruling is a disgrace: Lee County Judge Hugh Starnes has ruled that banks in foreclosure cases don’t have to follow court rules. At a recent foreclosure hearing, the defense attorney (Conrad Willkomm) argued that the bank had violated an important evidentiary rule: the bank was relying on its business records, but no one swore […]

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Dear Florida judges: You’re under a lot of pressure. We understand. Foreclosure cases are at an all-time high, and still rising – and you have to figure out a way to handle them all. The foreclosure docket threatens to crowd out almost every other civil matter pending before the court – and now that foreclosure […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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