Monday, November 1, 2010

Lawsuit seeks to end consumer foreclosure fees

Lawsuit seeks to end consumer foreclosure fees: "TAMPA - Cash-strapped homeowners shouldn't have to pay to fight foreclosure, according to three Lee County homeowners who are suing the state.

Fees of up to $1,900 to file a counter claim is unconstitutional, says the lawsuit, filed last week in the Middle District of Florida, Ft. Myers Division.

'This is a cruel hardship imposed on the weakest members of our society,' said Marvin Viles, a Ft. Myers lawyer representing the homeowners. Viles said he seeks a class-action suit to represent hundreds of thousands of homeowners hit by foreclosure since the new rules started in June 2009.

The suit was filed by homeowners Kevin Camm, Enneis Haney and Yuyuan Lucy Lu and names Gov. Charlie Crist, Attorney General Bill McCollum, Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, and Commissioner of Agriculture Charles Bronson. The lawsuit has been filed but the defendants have not yet been served."

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