Four Years Later, Consumers Get Pennies From Debt Relief Scam

Four years ago now the California Department of Justice swooped in an shut down an enterprise they claimed was taking advantage of consumers who were seeking mortgage modification or actions against the mortgage company. More can be read here. The parties named in the original action included: Attorneys Processing Center, LLC, also doing business as … Read more

Mortgage Scams Take Minutes to Nab Consumer But Years to Unwind

I received an update on a case where a receiver had been appointed to liquidate a scam mortgage relief group and provide restitution to consumers. This goes all the way back to a 2011 action by the California Attorney General against companies selling “Mass Joinder” mortgage elimination. The pitch seemed like an instantly addictive drug … Read more

Kramer, Stein Mass Joinder / Mass Tort Updates for Those Involved

The Receiver in the Mass Joinder legal proceeding in California against lawyers that had marketed Mass Joinder suits against mortgage lenders has released an update. December 1, 2011 The State Bar of California has taken possession of the law practices of Kramer and Kaslow, Mitchell J. Stein, Christopher Van Son, Paul Peterson (Mesa Law Group), … Read more

Mortgage Problems? Facing Foreclosure? Prepare to be Scammed.

The millions of desperate homeowners who have found themselves upside down and at risk of losing their homes have created a fertile environment for scamsters. The scams on homeowners are varied and include audits and NPV tests, modification services, foreclosure rescue services, sell and lease-back schemes, and my personal favorite, mass joinder suits. Let’s start … Read more

Mass Joinder Raids and a Review of the Lawsuits Against Lawyers and Marketers

Yesterday a number of law enforcement officials raided offices of lawyers and marketing participants who have been involved in mass joinder efforts. Consumers were sold access to lawsuits with a number of claims against their lenders and were told they could get their homes free and clear, cash back, stop foreclosure, etc. These efforts were … Read more

California Bar Releases Statement on Mass Joinder Raids

The State Bar of California and Attorney General Kamala Harris announced today they have shut down the operations of several lawyers and marketing firms that have targeted distressed homeowners, urging them through false advertising to sue their mortgage lenders. The bar and the Department of Justice won court orders earlier this week either assuming jurisdiction … Read more

California AG Speaks Out on Mass Joinder & Tort Litigation Raids

California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced that the California Department of Justice, in conjunction with the State Bar of California, has sued multiple entities accused of fraudulently taking millions of dollars from thousands of homeowners who were led to believe they would receive relief on their mortgages. Attorney General Harris sued Philip Kramer, … Read more

Consolidated Litigation Group Says Phillip Kramer and Mitchell Stein are Associated Attorneys on Mass Joinder Litigation

The following email was received by a consumer as part of the process to sell her into a lawsuit against her lender. I was utterly surprised to see that the associated attorneys of Consolidate Litigation Group include both Phillip Kramer and Mitchell Stein. Last I heard they were feuding with each other. You will see … Read more