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Lawyer Sues Nevada AG over Office Raid, Says Loan Modification Clients Await His Help

Posted Feb 29, 2012 12:08 PM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A Las Vegas lawyer has sued Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto in an effort to obtain files seized in a raid of his law offices.

Lawyer Jonathan Goldsmith, who does business as Abogados Hispanos, filed “a bare-bones complaint” that contends there was no probable cause for the raid, Courthouse News Service reports. Goldsmith says the seizure makes it impossible to assist several hundred clients seeking loan modifications.

The suit alleges officers entered Goldsmith’s offices on Feb. 23 with guns drawn, using unnecessary force to group his employees at the front of his office. During a 12-hour search, officers seized client files and banking records, according to the complaint (PDF posted by Courthouse News).

The suit seeks attorney fees but no damages. “No monetary award could possibly account for the value of the lost files, in which several hundreds clients’ homes and real estate are in jeopardy without plaintiff’s efforts,” the suit says.

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