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What to Do with 9,000 Abandoned Cases in One County? Chief Judge Isn’t Sure, Researches Options

Posted Mar 17, 2011 5:07 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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Lawyers aren't supposed to stop working on cases without filing motions to withdraw.

But that's what attorney David J. Stern reportedly has said he plans to do, at the end of the month, according to letters he sent to chief judges concerning approximately100,000 foreclosure cases throughout Florida. Among them are around 9,000 cases in Palm Beach County, the Palm Beach Post reports.

Chief Judge Peter Blanc tells the newspaper he's never encountered a situation like this before and is trying to figure out what to do next.

He's not the only one.

"Florida Rules of Civil Procedure require that attorneys file a proper motion to withdraw from any case which they no longer plan to represent," said spokeswoman Eunice Sigler of the 11th Judicial Circuit Court in Miami-Dade County. "We are currently researching various options, including any remedies available through the Florida Bar."

Related coverage:

ABAJournal.com: "Foreclosure Firm Collapse Creates Court Chaos; Stern Lacks Staff to Move to Withdraw from Cases"

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