FDN NEW JERSEY FORECLOSURE DEFENSE SEMINAR SCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2011; ACCOLADES FROM PARTICIPANTS OF JANUARY 21, 2011 SEMINAR

January 24, 2011

We have received several accolades from attendees of the foreclosure defense seminar which was held in our Newport Beach, California offices last Friday, January 21, 2011, as well as requests already for the date of the next seminar in California, which is planned to be held sometime in the latter part of March.

We have also obtained a new date for our foreclosure defense seminar to be conducted in New Jersey. It will be held on Friday, February 25, 2011 at the Holiday Inn located at 3050 Woodbridge Avenue, Edison, New Jersey 08837. The seminar will run all day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with one hour for lunch, and will cover the following topic areas, each of which has been designated to have 1.00 hours of General CLE:

     (a)  Identifying Preliminary Defenses (including case screening and initial strategies)

     (b)  MERS and MERS assignments

     (c)  Securitization, Insurances, and Credit Enhancements

     (d)  Discovery (including handling Objections)

    (e)  Filing and Defending Dispositive Motions (Motions to Dismiss and for Summary Judgment)

   (f)  Temporary Forebearance Agreements, Loan Modifications, and Settlements

     (g)  Bankruptcy issues; appeals, eviction proceedings

The cost of the seminar is $695.00 and includes breakfast and lunch buffets and drinks and a Handbook complete with forms for pleadings, motions, discovery, and case screening, as well as case law and court rulings. Discounted rooms are available for $89.00 per night for seminar attendees for Thursday, February 24, 2011. Further information as to directions and room reservations may be had by calling (732) 638-0003.

The seminar will be limited to twenty (20) participants. COMPLETED REGISTRATION FORMS AND PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED BY NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2011 as we must have a firm count for the Handbooks and meals. THERE WILL BE NO ON-SITE REGISTRATION AND NO “WALK-INS” PERMITTED.

Registration forms are available by e-mailing us here or by e-mail to jeff@wjbarneslaw.com. Cancellation policies are on the Registration Form.

Jeff Barnes, Esq., www.ForeclosureDefenseNationwide.com

DATE CHANGE FOR FDN FORECLOSURE DEFENSE SEMINAR IN RARITAN CENTER, NEW JERSEY

January 20, 2011

FDN’s foreclosure defense seminar scheduled to be held on February 2, 2011 in Raritan Center, New Jersey is being rescheduled due to a number of concerns from interested attorneys and paralegals that the seminar, which is currently scheduled for mid-week, would be difficult on their schedules. We have been requested to reschedule the seminar to a Friday.

We are thus notifying everyone that there will be no seminar on February 2, 2011 in New Jersey, and that this all-day seminar will be rescheduled for a Friday in either late February or early March, 2011. The new date and particulars as to discounted hotel rates, time, and program will be posted on this website in the near future.

Jeff Barnes, Esq., www.ForeclosureDefenseNationwide.com

UTAH COURT GRANTS QUIET TITLE ACTION ON DEFAULT

January 17, 2011

A Utah court has granted a borrower’s quiet title action against the original lenders and the original trustees named in the Deeds of Trust, even though MERS was identified in the Deeds of Trust. The attorney for the borrowers took the position that MERS did not have to be named in the action or served with court papers as it was not, and could not be, the beneficiary under the Deed of Trust and as it did not lend money. The Defendants failed to respond to the action, thus paving the way for a Default Judgment in favor of the borrower.

Based on this result, there is a planned challenge to an earlier Utah Federal court ruling in favor of MERS.

The line of reasoning in this case is similar to that set forth in numerous rulings from other jurisdictions including recent decisions in Oregon which have stated that MERS cannot be the “beneficiary” under the Oregon Trust Deed Act. Although more and more states are adopting this rationale, there are still a few holdouts, most notably Arizona, which continues to cling to the “MERS as agent” theory which has been rejected by numerous courts across the nation on many grounds, including the fact that MERS and the lender intentionally chose the word “nominee” to designate MERS, and not “agent” or “power of attorney”.

Jeff Barnes, Esq., www.ForeclosureDefenseNationwide.com

SEATS FOR UPCOMING FDN SEMINARS FILLING UP

January 12, 2011

Per our previous announcement, FDN has scheduled two (2) all-day foreclosure defense seminars: the first in Newport Beach, California on Friday, January 21, 2011, and the second in the Raritan Center, New Jersey area during the first part of February.  The date will be either February 1 or 2, as we are awaiting information from a court as to a hearing on one of those days. We have received many requests for registration since the holidays ended.

The seminar has been accredited by The Florida Bar for seven (7) General CLE hours. CLE credits in a CLE state are generally applicable to other states which have CLE requirements. Attorneys should check with their state Bar as to CLE reciprocity.

The scheduled topic areas to be covered are:

   (a)  Identifying Preliminary Issues and Defenses

   (b)  Securitization, Mortgage Loan Conveyance Requirements in Pooling and Servicing Agreements, and Governing Documents as to servicers

   (c)  MERS, including MERS contracts, limitations, and case law

   (d)  Discovery

  (e)  Filing and Defending Dispositive Motions and defending Motions to Dismiss

   (f)  Temporary Forbearance and Loan Modification Agreements; Mediation and settlement

   (g)  Bankruptcy issues; Defending Eviction, FED, and UD actions.

The seminars are for attorneys and paralegals only. Registration forms are available by e-mail request.

Jeff Barnes, Esq., www.ForeclosureDefenseNationwide.com

 

2011: THE TIDE TURNS: CHASE LIES IN THOUSANDS OF FORECLOSURES; FORECLOSURE MILLS ENGAGING IN MASSIVE FRAUD; BORROWER DAMAGES ACTIONS ON THE RISE

January 5, 2011

We first hope that all of you had a happy New Year’s Eve.

After a brief lull at year-end, a multitude of information is emerging which indicates that 2011 looks to be the year that the tide turns for borrowers and against lenders, servicers, and securitized trustee banks. As this is being written, borrower lawsuits are being prepared sounding in fraud, conspiracy to defraud, conversion, and other causes of action. FDN’s loan and securitized mortgage loan trust investigators have unconvered volumes of fraud in securitizations within the last month alone, which is being brought to the attention of the courts by FDN attorneys.

As the year closed, we were advised that Chase filed a Motion, in litigation instituted against it by Deutsche Bank, that it did NOT acquire mortgage loans or other liabilities in connection with its acquisition of assets from Washington Mutual, which acquisition is not yet even completed. if what Chase is now admitting is the truth, Chase has committed massive fraud in thousands of foreclosure actions across the country where it claimed that it had standing to foreclose as having allegedly acquired “the assets of Washington Mutual from the FDIC receiver”. We are examining each of our Chase/WaMu cases in light of this revelation and will be filing appropriate claims for relief.

It is also practically common knowledge that the foreclosure mills have been and continue to engage in massive fraud, with forged documents, backdated notaries, fraudulent affidavits, and other infirmities, many of which are actually documented on a recent posting by the Florida Attorney General’s office. The posting is almost comedic, with numerous signatures of the same person claiming to be an officer of numerous entities being totally different, notaries being forged, and in certain instances, assignments being made to an entity denominated as “bogus”. Despite being under investigation by state Attorneys General, these foreclosure mills continue with their rampant misdeeds, more and more of which are being exposed almost daily.

In view of what is finally being brought to light (and which we have been bringing to the attention of courts across the country for years), borrowers are fighting back. Lawsuits are being filed against the foreclosure mills and their “clients” for damages. A recent appellate court ruling in Florida has permitted a class action lawsuit to proceed against the Law Offices of David J. Stern. With the revelations being made by the various investigations, we anticipate that there will be a flood of borrower lawsuits in 2011.

This may be one reason why FDN has been receiving many requests for seminar registration information this week alone for the California seminar scheduled for January 21 and the Raritan Center, New Jersey seminar scheduled for early February.

Jeff Barnes, Esq., www.ForeclosureDefenseNationwide.com

 

 

UPCOMING FORECLOSURE DEFENSE SEMINARS IN NEW JERSEY AND CALIFORNIA

December 23, 2010

FDN will be conducting its next series of one-day foreclosure defense seminars in New Jersey and California beginning in January, 2011. The topics to be covered include those previously shown on this website in addition to new case law, limitations on MERS from its own documentation, fraudulent actions of foreclosing parties in securitization cases, and utilization of material information from securitized loan and trust investigations to both advance and defend motions for summary judgment and to facilitate preparation of particularized discovery.

The California seminar is scheduled to be conducted at the Newport Office Center in Newport Beach, California, which was the site of FDN’s November, 2010 seminar. This seminar, which was originally scheduled to take place on January 7, 2011, has been rescheduled to Friday, January 21, 2011 as Mr. Barnes has been ordered to a foreclosure litigation matter in Oregon on January 7.

The New Jersey seminar will be scheduled for either February 1 or 2, 2011. The date will be firmed up following confirmation of a rescheduled court hearing in a New Jersey foreclosure matter. The location is scheduled to be in the Raritan Center area near Edison/New Brunswick, which is easily accessible from Newark and JFK airports and numerous highways in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

Registration forms are available upon request by e-mail.

Jeff Barnes, Esq., www.ForeclosureDefenseNationwide.com

INCREDIBLE NEWS FOR NEW JERSEY FORECLOSURE VICTIMS: NEW JERSEY SUPREME COURT ORDERS FILING OF VERIFIED FORECLOSURE DOCUMENTS: RULE APPLIES TO ALL NEW FORECLOSURE ACTIONS, ALL PENDING FORECLOSURE ACTIONS WHERE NO JUDGMENT HAS BEEN ENTERED, AND TO ACTIONS WHERE JUDGMENT HAS BEEN ENTERED BUT NO SALE HAS TAKEN PLACE

December 21, 2010

On this first day of winter, the New Jersey Supreme Court has published and forwarded to members of the New Jersey Bar a series of new rules and regulations requiring foreclosing Plaintiffs and their attorneys to file a series of documents with the courts as to not only new foreclosure filings, but also pending actions where no judgment has been entered and as well in cases where judgment has been entered but no sale has taken place. The rules follow practices in other states such as Florida, where the Supreme Court required all residential foreclosure actions filed as of February 12, 2010 to be verified.

The New Jersey Rules, however, go much farther. To quote the “Notice to the Bar” from the Acting Administrative Director of the Courts in his Notice of December 20, 2010:

             “In light of irregularities in the residential foreclosure practice as reported in sworn deposition testimony in New Jersey and other states, the Court has adopted, on an emergent basis, amendments to Rules 1:5-6, 4:64-1, and 4:64-2. These amendments are effective December 20, 2010.”

             “The rule amendments require plaintiff’s counsel in all residential foreclosure actions to file with the court (a) an affidavit or certification executed by the attorney that the attorney has communicated with an employee or employees of the plaintiff who (a) personally reviewed documents for accuracy and (b) confirmed the accuracy of all court filings in the case to date; (2) the name(s), titles(s), and responsibilities of the employee(s) of the plaintiff who provided this information to the attorney; and (3) an affidavit or certification executed by the attorney that all the filings in the case comport with all requirements of Rule 1:4-8(a).”

      Note that these rules, which came about in part due to the information revealed as to “robo-signers” and other fraudulent documents filed in foreclosure actions, require the identity of the employee(s) of the PLAINTIFF who provided the information. As such, in actions where a securitized trustee bank is the plaintiff, the servicer could arguably not provide the information as the servicer is not the plaintiff. The reverse would be true where the servicer is the plaintiff. 

      The Rules also provide that these documents are required to be filed not only in new foreclosure cases, but in pending actions as well including actions where judgment has already been entered:

       “Plaintiff’s counsel shall file such documents (1) immediately upon the commencement of any new residential foreclosure action filed after the effective date of the new rule and amendments, as to the accuracy of the information contained in the complaint, as set forth in Rule 4:64-1(b)(1) through (13); (2) within 60 days in any residential foreclosure action today pending and awaiting judgment, as to the accuracy of the complaint and of any proofs submitted; (3) within 45 days in any residential foreclosure action in which judgment was entered but no sale of the property has occurred; and (4) with the motion to enter judgment in all future foreclosure actions in which judgment is sought, as to the accuracy of any proofs submitted pursuant to Rule 4:64-2.”

       These sweeping rule changes now force New Jersey foreclosure mills such as Phelan Hallinan & Schmeig and Zucker Goldberg to verify their filings and proofs under oath. As the rule changes also apply to a series of pending, pre-sale foreclosure actions as well, we expect to see borrower challenges to existing foreclosure actions if the required documentation is not filed as required. Further, by forcing the foreclosing Plaintiffs and their law Firms to disclose the identity of representatives, this will streamline discovery including depositions.

      Finally, the Court has also scheduled a hearing for January 19, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. in Trenton at which time certain named foreclosure mills such as Phelan Hallinan and Zucker Goldberg must appear before the court to show cause why the court should not order certain prohibitive actions in foreclosure cases.

      FDN’s New Jersey attorneys will thus be undertaking action in their pending foreclosure cases in connection with these new Rule changes.

Jeff Barnes, Esq., www.ForeclosureDefenseNationwide.com

 

 

 

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FDN ESTABLISHES LOCAL LOS ANGELES FORECLOSURE DEFENSE LITIGATION COUNSEL

December 17, 2010

FDN is pleased to announce that it has finalized a relationship with Los Angeles, California foreclosure defense litigation counsel Douglas E. Klein, Esq., with offices on Wilshire Boulevard. Mr. Klein has been actively litigating foreclosure defense cases throughout various counties in California including Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernadino, Riverside, and Kern. His experience includes contesting nonjudicial foreclosures and litigating UD actions as well.

We are pleased that Mr. Klein has now become the 32nd law Firm to join the FDN national network. Please e-mail us if you wish to obtain Mr. Klein’s contact information.

Jeff Barnes, Esq., www.ForeclosureDefensenationwide.com

 

 

SECURITIZATION AFFIDAVIT FILED IN ALABAMA FORECLOSURE CASE CONFIRMS EVERYTHING WE HAVE BEEN ARGUING FOR YEARS: NO POST-TRUST-CLOSING ASSIGNMENTS, NO ASSIGNMENT OF TOXIC LOANS, NO MERS ASSIGNMENTS

December 14, 2010

An affidavit has been filed in an Alabama foreclosure case of an attorney who actually did the securitization of a securitized mortgage loan trust of which  the Plaintiff in the case is the alleged “trustee”, which affidavit confirms numerous standing issues which we have been arguing for years. The Affidavit of Thomas J. Adams specifically sets forth, by chapter and verse, the various provisions of the PSA which were violated by U.S. Bank and MERS in an attempted assignment of a toxic loan to a securitized mortgage loan trust over a year after the trust closed.

The Affidavit sets forth the limitations, in the PSA, as to what assets the trust can acquire; how the trust can acquire them; and detailing how the post-trust-closing assignment of a toxic loan known to be in default at the time of the purported assignment is violative of the PSA on multiple levels, including destroying the trust’s REMIC status under the IRS rules. The Affidavit also examines the purported transfer of the note by MERS under MERS’ own rules and regulations, and concludes that the purported transfer of the note violates MERS’ own limitations. The Affidavit further sets forth that the PSA requires a clear chain of endorsements of the note all the way to the trust, and highlights that none of the required interim endorsements or a specific endorsement to the trust was ever made.

Thus, this evidence, which cannot be controverted as it is drawn from the very PSA governing the trust of which the foreclosing Plaintiff purports to be the trustee, demostrates that the loan did not, and could not, have ever made it into the trust, and thus the trust’s claiming to have standing to foreclose is essentially a fraud upon the court. Significantly, the opinion by New York Judge Arthur Schack in the matter of Deutsche Bank v. Rolando Campbell, issued in 2008, discussed many of these same issues.

As such, one of the most important steps in defense of foreclosures by banks “as trustee” for a securitized mortgage loan trust claiming to be a proper foreclosing party is a thorough examination of the PSA for the very types of prohibited conduct identified in the Adams affidavit, and filing of the PSA with the Court, if proper, where there is any evidence of post-trust-closing assignment; assignment of a toxic loan to the trust; or a prohibited MERS assignment.

Jeff Barnes, Esq., www.ForeclosureDefenseNationwide.com

FDN STOPS SALE IN YAVAPAI COUNTY, ARIZONA; CONTINUES TO CHALLENGE RULE 120 PROCEEDINGS IN COLORADO

December 13, 2010

A Yavapai County, Arizona Court Judge has granted the borrowers’ request for a Temporary Restraining Order cancelling a Trustee’s Sale which was scheduled for December 10, 2010. The papers were prepared by FDN’s Jeff Barnes, Esq. and the TRO obtained by local AZ counsel Gary Doyle, Esq., who is working with Mr. Barnes on cases in the Arizona counties of Maricopa, Yavapai, Pima, and Pinal.

Separately, a sale was cancelled in Colorado following Mr. Barnes’ filing of a Complaint and request for Temporary Restraining Order. Colorado’s Rule 120 procedure is also being challenged in a separate action filed by a Colorado attorney. It is our contention that in light of Colorado Supreme Court law from 1998 which expands the scope of matters to be considered at a Rule 120 hearing that Judges who confine such hearings solely to the issues of the presence of a default and whether the borrower is in the military are not following the mandates of the Colorado Supreme Court, thus denying the borrowers of due process.

Jeff Barnes, Esq., www.ForeclosureDefenseNationwide.com