Fla. Appeals Court OKs Class Action Against Stern Law Firm Over Foreclosure Fees
Posted Dec 30, 2010 7:11 AM CDT
By Martha Neil
A Florida appeals court has given the green light to a class action against an embattled foreclosure king and his Plantation law firm alleging that it charged at least 2,000 homeowners excessive reinstatement fees.
The 4th District Court of Appeal agreed with a state circuit court judge that the homeowners' complaints were best addressed in one lawsuit because their circumstances were so similar, reports the Palm Beach Post.
"When I started the case in 2007, David Stern was the most powerful attorney representing lenders in state," says plaintiff's attorney Louis Silber. "People told me you will never get anywhere, this is the way it's done, who are you trying to fool."
Stern's firm has been criticized this year for claimed improprieties in the way it handled foreclosure litigation and he subsequently lost business and made layoffs.
His lawyer, Jeffrey Tew, didn't return a phone call from the newspaper seeking comment.
An article in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel provides additional details.
ABAJournal.com: "Fla. AG Probe: Did 3 Law Firms Get 1,000s of Foreclosure Judgments By Possible Wrongdoing?"
ABAJournal.com: "Ex-Employees Sue Stern’s Foreclosure Law Firm and Related Company Over Hundreds of Layoffs"