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FLORIDA FORECLOSURE COURTS APPEAR “STACKED” IN FAVOR OF JUDGES! EVEN MORE BREAKING NEWS!

EVEN MORE BREAKING NEWS — (from previous post on April 25, 2018)

Just to let you know that the author of this post and his WKDW-FM 97.5 Radio Co-host R. J. Malloy are NOT taking the Florida Supreme Court hearing involving Florida Bar charges of professional misconduct against Florida attorney Mark Stopa lying down, a team of attorneys and this author drafted an Open Records Act request to the Clerk of the Supreme Court, demanding a copy of the Florida judge’s remarks as part of the transcript, to further analyze it to find out whether or not to bring in a team of attorneys to sue the State of Florida Legislature, each state legislator personally and in their individual capacity, the Florida Attorney General (for not doing something to prevent potential conflicting legislation from being enforced) and the Florida Bar and the Judicial Qualifications Commission of the State of Florida who had to have known the implications of the legislation that rewarded judges’ behavior in foreclosure courts across the state with bonuses based on performance in clearing foreclosure dockets.  Read the request here:

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We will be following up on this in short order and are still looking into the “rewards program” for judges.  It disturbs us (the team of attorneys I am in communication with) that collectively, as both lawyers and non-lawyers, that the legislature could stoop so low as to “reward bad behavior” in the denial of due process rights by passing legislation incentivizing foreclosure court judges to quickly clear off their dockets in order to get these bonuses.

We are just getting word that the Supreme Court of Florida plans on suspending Stopa’s license to practice law for one year.  Generally, attorneys have thirty (30) days to clear off their case loads and close their practices after getting formal notice.  We are awaiting further news on the latest developments.

(Updated on May 31, 2018 to reflect new development in this matter.)

BREAKING NEWS, OP-ED —

The sinking feeling that overcomes Florida homeowners entering the foreclosure arena (the Sunshine State’s version of a 3-ring circus aka “rocket docket”) was finally manifested in the case against Florida attorney Mark Stopa, who has been at the center of controversy for being abrasive before these judges, resulting in possible disbarment for professional misconduct.

In my book, when you win foreclosure cases (which means the banks lose), judges don’t like it … by that I mean having the obvious thrown in their faces; however … and we are trying to get the transcript from Stopa’s recent Florida Supreme Court hearing … it does appear that the deck has been inadvertently “stacked” against Florida homeowners in favor of not only the banks, but the judges hearing the cases as well!  Think I’m exaggerating here?  Take a look at what Stopa posted on this Facebook page:

Even with the glare of the screenshot covering up the word “notable”, what is hard to fathom is how Florida foreclosure court judges are seemingly on the “take” when it comes to clearing off their court dockets and how they were incentivized by the Florida legislature.  So, does this mean that Pam Blondie is going to investigate this scheme?  Not likely.  She wouldn’t investigate the OSCEOLA COUNTY FORENSIC EXAMINATION, which Stopa’s buddy Matt Weidener snubbed on Orlando television.  These two aren’t “holier than thou” in my book; however, I am willing to concede that the testimony from this hearing is probably damning in more ways than one and could have only happened at Stopa’s expense.  What makes these allegations (in the form of testimony from a judge included) make things any different?   Felonies are felonies and judges handling foreclosure cases appear to have gone right along with the scheme of things.  Among the rumors … that judges financially profited from the scheme based on their “performance”!

If the transcript (which trust me … is going to be gone over with a fine-toothed comb) bears any other significant testimony, you can bet we’ll use it against the judges in Florida’s foreclosure courts relative to Florida Criminal Code § 817.535 cases.  The Florida States’ Attorneys have every opportunity to launch their own independent investigations but none, including the recently-elected Aramis Ayala (in Florida’s 9th Circuit) have lifted a damned finger to investigate and prosecute any of this suspect behavior.

Exactly how many legislators and judges have been paid off by the banks to facilitate this fraud?   The stuff contained within the Stopa Facebook post seems to parallel the Volusia County judicial rag that told judges there that their “performance” was being monitored and if they knew what was good for them, they’d tow the line and clear their foreclosure dockets!   If one of their own has come clean and testified to the Florida Supremes that this sort of crap behavior is going on, then I say, it’s time to unseat every damned Florida foreclosure judge and every legislator that fell victim to this corruption (the next best thing to tar and feathers or the stocks) and hang their sorry ass political careers out to dry.

When you incentivize a Florida foreclosure judge, what do you think he’ll/she’ll do?   Of course they want to go out with a financial bang!

How many of these judges are pedophiles?   Has anyone ever investigated how much pornography is on these judges’ computers?

It seems we can’t shake these rumors.   All one has to do is examine the number of prosecutions were conducted by the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission (JQC) and a lot of the so-called “disciplinary” actions seem lame when you compare what came out in Stopa’s hearing about the incentivizing of a foreclosure judge?   Has anyone investigated the Florida judges for acquiring property through the very own foreclosure hearing they ruled upon?  We’d like to hear about it.  If you have pictures or recorded documents of Florida judges acquiring foreclosed homes … this represents a clear conflict of interest and a bigger part of the conspiracy to defraud Florida homeowners.  Hell, it represents serious criminal activity, obviously spearheaded by some serious bank lobbying in Tallahassee.

MORE BREAKING NEWS! —

We received word from the Florida Supreme Court on the request we posited under the Florida Open Records Act and got nowhere because, even with clarity, the Clerk did not “get” what we were asking for, so we’re doing more research into the Stopa hearing, which apparently was in St. Petersburg, Florida (Pinellas County) in an open hearing held on April 21, 2018. From Stopa’s Facebook page, we know a woman judge spoke on his behalf and revealed damning information about judges being paid bonuses!  Stopa’s office is not saying much of anything, but we are hearing back channel information that Stopa may not get any suspension time at all, following our Open Records Act request!  We have also heard that other complaints against him are still pending and haven’t made the disciplinary committee yet. This is even more disconcerting because it demonstrates that the more you aggressively fight for homeowners, the more the “system” tries to beat you down.  Foreclosures are big business and the banks don’t like losing, so they will resort to any means to take out their opponent, so we’re going to start doing the same back at them!

If you didn’t get what I just said … we will be explaining HOW in the upcoming workshop!   And the banks aren’t going to like it! 

Stay tuned!

We’re going to figure out a bigger mousetrap given this testimony and we expect to have that scenario to present to you in the upcoming FORECLOSURE DEFENSE WORKSHOP … because now … given this diatribe (seen in the screenshot above) … the judge has now become an additional target.  This also means that given the testimony, it is possible that thousands of foreclosure cases could be vacated and reopened in order to vet judicial involvement.  I don’t think you realize the implications this testimony has brought out … yet.

The registration to attend this workshop is still OPEN!  Visit the Clouded Titles website and sign up now to learn strategies on targeting not only the banks’ attorneys but the judges as well!  This workshop is for educational purposes only and is not representative of the corruption that appears to be ongoing in Florida’s foreclosure courts!  After this revelation, it’s no holds barred!  We told you … when it comes to foreclosure … this means war!

The information presented here is viable for all 50 states!

 

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Nothing has changed much in Washington State, post-Bain!

Op-Ed —

August 16, 2012 is a day that will go down in Washington State’s history when it comes to dealing with the issues created by the licensed lenders in that State who rely on MERS to cover up “dead spots” in the chain of title to properties.  I’m attaching the Supreme Court’s en banc ruling to refresh your memory and to fill in any gaps that might be missing in your thought process.

BAIN V METROPOLITAN MORTGAGE GROUP, INC. ET AL

Only a handful of states in the union agreed with the Washington Supreme Court’s decision insofar that MERS was NOT a real “beneficiary” because it didn’t loan any money and therefore, had no interest in the borrower’s promissory note.  In fact, during the oral arguments presented before the Supreme Court, counsel for Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. (not “MERS”, which means MERSCORP Holdings, Inc.; I’ll explain in a moment) could NOT identify WHO owned Kristin Bain’s mortgage loan! That didn’t bode well before the justices, who were stunned at the lack of knowledge and almost sheer arrogance of MERSCORP’s counsel.

You see, what the Washington State Supreme Court justices were never presented with, and thus did not have in evidence to be able to make a determination of, is that the Rules enacted by the parent of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., MERSCORP Holdings, Inc. (then MERSCORP, Inc.), specifically note that under Rule 1 § 1, when the term “MERS” is used, it means the PARENT, NOT THE CHILD!  Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. is THE CHILD. The lack of knowledge by the attorneys for the homeowners (for Bain and Selkowitz) and the deliberate omission of MERS’s own “rules” by its representative counsel should be cause for alarm in the way cases are being litigated all across the country!

THE PARENT AND THE CHILD ARE NOT THE SAME!

In fact, they are two distinctly separate Delaware corporations. This was a contrived scheme of mass proportions, created in favor of the banks, which caused tens of millions of fraudulent and misrepresentative documents to be recorded into the land records of all 3,041 counties, townships and boroughs in the United States, literally clouding titles to over 80-million properties!

Thus, when Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. shows up in any legal proceeding, it’s the “empty shell” (a bankruptcy-remote entity with no assets or liabilities; no income or expenses; and no employees) that shows up in court … NOT THE PARENT!  MERSCORP is footing the legal costs in every proceeding (because it is a roughly $2.7-billion a year business model) that operates and argues on the flawed idea that the agent (nominee) and the beneficiary can be one in the same party.

The Tennessee Supreme Court completely gutted the MERS business model in the Ditto decision. MERS v DITTO_TN Supreme Court rules against MERS!  To NOT understand all of the basic tenets of real property and mortgage law could be fatal to you in your foreclosure case!

This is why I am hosting the Foreclosure Defense Workshop in Orlando on September 30-October 1, 2017.  (see below)

Part of the “good fight” in dealing in foreclosure actions is knowing the truth and how to find it (or go after a determination to get at it).  This is a lot of what we are teaching in the workshop, even if you’re going pro se!

You have little time to make reservations, because airfare is going up the closer you get to the date and the number of seats to the event has dramatically shrunk.  If you are even thinking of remotely preparing yourself to “fight the good fight”, you need to be at this event!  Since Hurricane Irma hit Florida and knocked out a lot of the internet connections, many Florida consumers won’t know about this event until this weekend and likely, there will be an onslaught of registrations at the last minute.

FDW ORLANDO REGISTRATION FORM

Meanwhile, back in Washington State … 

It appears that the regulatory agencies that govern the behavior of the banks aren’t falling all over themselves to stop the continual process of recording documents in the land records that makes use of MERS as a “beneficiary”, post-Bain.  Here is one such Consent Order, issued in 2017, that exemplifies my point (sent to me by one of the readers of this blog):

Planet Home Lending

The Consent Order appears to have noted that a violation of the Washington Consumer Protection Act [RCW 31.04.027(2) and (13)] occurred when Planet Home Lending, a lender licensed under Washington law to conduct business in the State, caused several Assignments of Deeds of Trust to be filed in counties all across Washington State, post-Bain, characterizing MERS “as the beneficiary when MERS did not hold the corresponding promissory note.”

While I was not provided with any specific Assignment to review, I would guess (and my guesses are usually pretty right on) that the Assignment was created by employees of the servicer of the loan. Recognizing this scenario is important for two key reasons:

  1. If a consumer is economically affected by the recording of one of these subject, suspect Assignments, the consumer would have to assert a specific violation of the foregoing state statutes; and
  2. If the Assignment of Deed of Trust used MERS to characterize the Assignor as a “beneficiary”, post-Bain, for the purposes of transferring any rights in the note to a REMIC, or even more importantly, to the servicer, who then commences a foreclosure action against the Property, then there may also be a violation of 15 U.S.C. §§ 1641(f) and (g), the Federal Consumer Protection Act.

Through the use of the federal citation, the case then becomes a federal issue, so one would have to get a competent attorney to sort through which would be more effective to prove (as a Plaintiff) against Planet Home Lending, the violation of the Washington Consumer Protection Act (which has a supporting Consent Order to apply to the case as evidence) or the Federal version of the same.

The problem is however, that the Consent Order implies that Planet Home Lending didn’t admit to guilt, even though the State found violations of the foregoing Act (under Agreement and Order Paragraph C). For all intents and purposes, the Order basically said, “Don’t do it again!” and by agreement, any further violations of the Order would be dealt with in the future (to what extent, we do not know).

Now, I can surmise that all of the litigious folk out there affected by the issuance of this Consent Order have realized that there is nothing stopping a consumer from bringing a private right of action against Planet Home Lending (or any other lender or servicer violating the Washington CPA). However, I caution those considering such to use due diligence in determining “damage”, whether actual, compensatory, exemplary or punitive.  Without some sort of financial loss, it may be more difficult to press forward with a CPA violation claim.

That being said, it appears that suit may be brought under the foregoing state statutes in lieu of any decision like Yvanova v New Century Mortgage Corp. et al (California) and Miller v. BAC Home Loans Servicing, LP, 726 F. 3d 717 – Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit 2013 – Google (Texas) that gives consumers the right to challenge the creation of (and subsequent recording of) a suspect document affecting chain of title in the land records of any county in Washington State.  This may also apply in other Consumer Protection Act-related statutes across the country, but it is likely that a consumer would have to conduct some pretty specific discovery (against the mortgage loan servicers’ employees and notaries) to see who ordered the creation of the document and who caused it to be manufactured, for what purpose and determine accountability.

It should also be noted that civil conspiracy is defined in virtually every state statute.  While this term does not in of itself, constitute a cause of action in the literal sense, the act of one or more actors getting together and conspiring to do a thing to scheme that adversely affects the economic or financial well-being of another would certainly be an issue to be considered.

In Florida, for example, Florida Criminal Code § 817.535 makes it a third-degree felony to record a document containing false and misrepresentative information with the intent to deprive another of their property.  While consumers cannot commence criminal proceedings directly, they can file a criminal complaint with the local sheriff’s department (the county land records are the sheriff’s jurisdiction) and pursue a criminal case that way, especially if discovery shows that a civil conspiracy to create the document indeed occurred. You should understand that (based on our past dealings with a certain sheriff’s department) detectives at the county level are either lazy, in defiance of or lack the knowledge to properly and fully investigate such matters, as evidenced by the Osceola County Sheriff’s Department, who could find no wrongdoing in the OSCEOLA COUNTY FORENSIC EXAMINATION.

The foregoing subject matter is only PART OF what we’re going to cover in the upcoming Foreclosure Defense Workshop.  Thus, the tools and weapons that pro se litigants and litigants being represented by counsel are being refined to be more effective and the means by which documents are challenged has also been refined (AND PROVEN) to work!  There are three specific things I’m going to be sharing at the workshop in this regard, in addition to the newly-developed tactics by Rich Kalinoski, the attorney lecturing to those attending this workshop.

Again, this is the ONLY workshop we’re doing in 2017.  We have not decided whether we’re going to do another workshop again. Rich is very busy implementing his new developments and for this reason, may stifle any efforts to conduct a workshop in the future.  Know this … legal tools will be available to all of those who attend!

In the meantime, keep researching and “fighting the good fight”.

Dave Krieger is the author of several books, including Clouded Titles, available on his website.  He consults attorneys in foreclosure matters and drafts pleadings and conducts research for attorneys and litigants. Mr. Krieger is Managing Member of DK Consultants LLC in San Antonio, Texas. 

 

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