There are a few people who apparently still prosper during the housing and foreclosure crisis.

There are a few people who apparently still prosper during the housing and foreclosure crisis.  Bank of America has announced that its C.E.O., Brian Moynihan, is getting a substantial raise.  In 2012, Mr. Moynihan received a base salary of $950,000 and Bank of America stock which had a value of approximately $6,000,000.   The Board of Directors recently announced that Mr. Moynihan has been rewarded with an almost 73% pay increase and that he will receive in 2013 a base salary increase to $1,500,000 plus stock worth over ten million dollars ($10,000,000.00).  His 2013 salary will exceed twelve million dollars ($12,000,000.00), payable at more than One Million Dollars each and every month.

Geoffrey Broderick, the senior partner of the Resolution Law Group, says “while Bank of America did experience a stellar year in 2012, based upon the fact that the market price of Bank of America stock doubled last year, the fact remains that Bank of America appears to continue to manipulate its assets and liabilities by hording real estate which is overvalued on its books and by also making decisions regarding loan modifications (and short sales) based upon what best suits Bank of America, and not necessarily the homeowners.”  Most people are unaware of how the banks strategically decide when and whether to complete foreclosure sales, as well as, how an aborted foreclosure sale can impact a neighborhood and further harm the displaced borrower.  Mr. Broderick adds, “The housing market will continue to suffer until it is fixed by the Courts or the Legislature.   Somebody has to fix the problem! That is why The Resolution Law Group continues its fight for homeowners.  Homeowners cannot expect the problem to fix itself.”

The Resolution Law Group continues to prosecute ground breaking litigation in Federal Court on behalf of homeowners suing lenders and servicers for, among other things, the illegal use of MERS, robo-signing, and intentionally ignoring underwriting standards and encouraging inflated appraisals.

The Resolution Law Group is currently enrolling clients into the pending lawsuit.  For further information, visit its website at www.TheResolutionLawGroup.com

If you, your family, friends, neighbors or associates have been subjected to Mortgage Fraud, please contact The Resolution Law Group at (203) 542-7275 for a confidential, no obligation consultation.

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The Resolution Law Group: FORECLOSURE NEWS UPDATE

There is a growing trend of houses going into foreclosure and never coming out.  This leads to displaced borrowers still holding legal title to homes they have abandoned.  When people move out of their homes after receiving notice of a planned foreclosure sale and the bank then cancels the sale, the homeowner is still liable for ongoing debt service payments, maintenance, real property taxes, and all other expenses associated with home ownership.  Banks are not required to maintain the houses, pay taxes, insurance, or take any action unless or until the bank completes a foreclosure sale.

Geoffrey Broderick, the senior partner of the Resolution Law Group, says “this is another dirty little secret that the banks hide from the public.  Tens of thousands of homeowners remain legally responsible for houses they didn’t know they still owned after banks decided it wasn’t worth their while to complete foreclosures on them.  This places untenable financial obligations on people who moved out after being told by their lenders that the banks were going to take back the houses.”  Most people are unaware of how the banks strategically decide when and whether to complete foreclosure sales as well as how an aborted foreclosure sale can impact a neighborhood and further harm the displaced borrower.  Mr. Broderick adds that “The housing market will continue to suffer until it is fixed by the Courts or the Legislature.   Somebody has to fix the problem! That is why The Resolution Law Group continues its fight for homeowners.  Homeowners cannot expect the problem to fix itself.”

The Resolution Law Group continues to prosecute ground breaking litigation in Federal Court on behalf of homeowners suing lenders and servicers for, among other things, the illegal use of MERS, robo-signing, and intentionally ignoring underwriting standards and encouraging inflated appraisals.

The Resolution Law Group is currently enrolling clients into the pending lawsuit.  For further information, visit its website at www.TheResolutionLawGroup.com

RealtyTrac recently reported that foreclosure starts have once again increased in “problem” States across America. RealtyTrac tracks real estate foreclosures and sales in the United States.

According to the recent report, Nevada’s foreclosure starts jumped 334% in February, 2013, compared with the same month in 2012.  Other States with huge spikes included Maryland (319% increase over last year), Washington (172% increase), New York (139% increase), and New Jersey (70% increase).

Geoffrey Broderick, the senior partner of the Resolution Law Group, says “the RealtyTrac report confirms what those watching the market already know.  Despite what the media and politicians continue to report, homeowners continue to struggle and people keep losing their homes.”  Most people are unaware of how bad the housing market still is.   Mr. Broderick adds that “The housing market will continue to suffer until it is fixed by the Courts or the Legislature.   Somebody has to fix the problem. That is why The Resolution Law Group continues its fight for homeowners.  Homeowners cannot expect the problem to fix itself.”

The Resolution Law Group continues to prosecute ground breaking litigation in Federal Court on behalf of homeowners suing lenders and servicers for, among other things, the illegal use of MERS, robo-signing, and intentionally ignoring underwriting standards and encouraging inflated appraisals.

The Resolution Law Group is currently enrolling clients into the pending lawsuit.  For further information, visit its website at www.TheResolutionLawGroup.com

If you, your family, friends, neighbors or associates have been subjected to Mortgage Fraud, please contact The Resolution Law Group at (203) 542-7275 for a confidential, no obligation consultation.

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Freddie Mac recently filed a massive lawsuit against big banks for damages sustained due to alleged manipulation of interest rates.

Freddie Mac recently filed a massive lawsuit against big banks for damages sustained due to alleged manipulation of interest rates.

The LIBOR scandal of last summer confirmed that Bank of America, JPMorgan, Chase, UBS, Credit Suisse Group, and many other banks worked together to artificially control the interest rates charged for mortgage loans and credit cards.

Geoffrey Broderick, the senior partner of the Resolution Law Group, says “ Freddie Mac, as the government-controlled mortgage finance company,  has a major investment in mortgage-related securities, and the rigging of the LIBOR rates may have cost Freddie Mac as much as $3 Billion.”

Many banks have already been fined hundreds of millions of dollars: Barclays paid the British and U.S. governments $453 Million, UBS paid $1.5 Billion, and the Royal Bank of Scotland paid $612 Million.

Mr. Broderick adds that “Homeowners rely on Freddie Mac.  A weakened Freddie Mac makes it harder for Americans to purchase or refinance homes.  The housing market will continue to suffer until it is fixed by the Courts or the Legislature.   Somebody has to fix the problem. That is why The Resolution Law Group continues its fight for homeowners.  Homeowners cannot expect the problem to fix itself.”

The Resolution Law Group continues to prosecute ground breaking litigation in Federal Court on behalf of homeowners suing lenders and servicers for, among other things, the illegal use of MERS, robo-signing, and intentionally ignoring underwriting standards and encouraging inflated appraisals.

The Resolution Law Group is currently enrolling clients into the pending lawsuit.  For further information, visit its website at www.TheResolutionLawGroup.com

Lender Litigation, Unlawful Foreclosure, Tarp Money, Mortgage Backed Securities, Derivitives Lawsuits, Insider Trading Lawsuit, SEC Settlements, Ponzi Scheme Lawsuits, Intentional Misrepresentation, Securitized Mortgage, Class Action Securities Lawsuit, Robo-Signing Lawsuit, Lost Equity Litigation, Mortgage Lender Fraud, FINRA Fraud Lawsuit, Suing Banks, Fraudulent Misrepresentation, Short Sale Fraud, Fraudulent Business Practices, Mortgage Litigation, Complex Tort Litigation, Injunctive Relief, MERS Fraud

Freddie Mac Sues Big Banks Over Rate Rigging

It’s the government-controlled mortgage finance company versus Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, UBS, Credit Suisse Group, and many others. Freddie Mac says they all worked together to rig LIBOR – the benchmark rate used to establish interest rates on everything from mortgage loans to credit cards.

If you need some background on LIBOR or the scandal surrounding it, check out our story from last summer. But all you really need to know is that big banks were caught manipulating the rate to their advantage, in many cases for years, forcing millions to pay inflated interest on all kinds of loans, all over the world.

Many banks have already been fined hundreds of millions of dollars: Barclays paid the British and U.S. governments $453 million; UBS paid $1.5 billion; the Royal Bank of Scotland, $612 million.

And now Freddie Mac, which has major investments in mortgage-related securities affected by LIBOR, wants some payback too. A week ago, the mortgage company sued more than a dozen banks for unspecified damages. Reuters reports the bank shenanigans may have cost the company more than $3 billion.

If you, your family, friends, neighbors or associates have been subjected to Mortgage Fraud, please contact The Resolution Law Group at (203) 542-7275 for a confidential, no obligation consultation.

Lender Litigation, Unlawful Foreclosure, Tarp Money, Mortgage Backed Securities, Derivitives Lawsuits, Insider Trading Lawsuit, SEC Settlements, Ponzi Scheme Lawsuits, Intentional Misrepresentation, Securitized Mortgage, Class Action Securities Lawsuit, Robo-Signing Lawsuit, Lost Equity Litigation, Mortgage Lender Fraud, FINRA Fraud Lawsuit, Suing Banks, Fraudulent Misrepresentation, Short Sale Fraud, Fraudulent Business Practices, Mortgage Litigation, Complex Tort Litigation, Injunctive Relief, MERS Fraud

SEC Needs to File Securities Fraud Lawsuits Sooner, Rules the US Supreme Court

In Gabelli v. SEC, the US Supreme Court has decided that in some securities fraud cases, the SEC needs to move faster when it comes to filing its case. The ruling could affect agencies nationwide.

In a unanimous decision, the justices sided with two officials of Gabelli Funds LLC, who sought to stop the regulator’s claim contending that they acted improperly by allowing a client to take part in market timing. The Commission sought civil penalties from them for illegal activities that allegedly took place leading up to August 2002.

Per the Investment Advisers Act, it is against the law for investment advisers to defraud clients and the regulator is allowed to seek penalties for such actions. However, the Commission only has five years from when the window opens to file. The regulator had argued that Gabelli and Alpert had let Headstart Advisers Ltd. take part in “market timing” in the fund while failing to disclose this and banning others from engaging in the same practice even as statements were issued noting that this was not allowed.

Alpert and Gabelli had argued that the SEC filed its securities complaint about these allegations after the statute of limitations for filing for penalties had passed. They said that under the appeals court decision, which said that the securities fraud lawsuit could go ahead because the statute of limitations doesn’t start with litigation involving fraud until the Commission has grounds to know that there was a violation, the SEC could then make an ancient claim just on the allegation that prior to that it hadn’t and couldn’t have found out about the violation sooner.

The Second Circuit’s ruling, reverses a District Court’s decision to throw out the SEC’s lawsuit against the two men because it said the civil penalty claim was time barred. The Second Circuit, however, disagreed, and accepted the Commissions contention that the discovery rule could be applied, which means that the five-year window to file didn’t start until the regulator found out (or could have reasonably discovered) the fraud.

Now, the US Supreme Court is saying that it never applies the Discovery Rule in a case where the government is the plaintiff bringing an enforcement action that seeks civil penalties in contradistinction to a victim that has been defrauded and wants compensation.

If you, your family, friends, neighbors or associates have been subjected to Broker Misconduct, please contact The Resolution Law Group at (203) 542-7275 for a confidential, no obligation consultation.

Securities fraud robs investors of their money every year. The Resolution Law Group works with institutional and individual investors seeking to recoup those losses.  Call us today. Working with an experienced securities firm increases one’s chances of recovery.

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Securities Roundup: Venecredit Fined $25K for Working with Foreign Finders, Ex-Merrill Lynch/LPL Financial Rep. Faces Fraud Charges, & BrokersXpress Broker is Suspended Over Private Placement-Related Misconduct

Venecredit Fined $25K for Working with Foreign Finders to Generate Retail Investor Business
According to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Venecredit Securities must pay a $25,000 fine for allegedly using foreign finders to get new retail investor business. The financial firm has now been censured for two years.

The SRO says that the foreign finders served as the primary contacts between Venecredit and the clients and had access to account information via the clearing firm’s platform. These finders worked for a foreign brokerage firm that shares directors and officers with Venecredit and its wholly owned entity. FINRA contends that not only did Venecredit fail to create and put into effect proper supervisory measures that would have allowed it to look at customer complaints about the employees at the foreign brokerage firm, but also it failed to keep electronic correspondence from both the foreign traders and the personal email accounts of its registered representatives.

Ex-Merrill Lynch/LPL Financial Rep. Faces Fraud Charges in Missouri
Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander has charged former LPL Financial, LLC (LPLA) representative Greg John Campbell with serious misconduct. Prior to working for LPL, Campbell was with Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc. (MER)

Per the complaint, while registered with both financial firms, Campbell established a line of credit against the brokerage accounts of clients without their knowledge or permission. He then allegedly modified their addresses in their accounts so that they stopped getting their statements and correspondence from the firms and forged account statements for them showing the wrong balances. Using forged signatures, he allegedly moved over a million dollars from these to his accounts without their knowing or consent.

BrokersXpress Broker is Suspended from FINRA and NFA Over Alleged Securities Misconduct
BrokersXpress broker Tracy Morgan Spaeth is suspended from associating with any member of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority or the National Futures Association. Per FINRA’s disciplinary action, Spaeth failed to ask for or receive the necessary written approval for private placement transactions that occurred between October and December 2010 when he solicited over 100 clients to buy shares in ProfitStars Int’l Corp., raising $8 million in the process. He also allegedly provided a deficient webinar to the investing clients that did not disclose the strategy risks involved and included forecasts about the security’s future performance. Spaeth’s bar from FINRA is two years and he has to pay a $50K fine.

Meantime, the NFA’s suspension of Spaeth comes after his alleged involvement with Profitstars Intl Corp. and International Commodity Advisors, which were both disciplined for using ParagonFX Enterprises, LLC, an unregistered and unregulated company, as a counterparty to the trading of their customers. The organization contends that Spaeth used deceptive and misleading promotional materials to get clients to invest in the companies even though he did not conduct the necessary due diligence on them. NFA says that Spaeth had a deal with a least one of the companies that gave him 50% of gross profits from his clients’ accounts (and perhaps even a referral bonus even if a client suffered a net loss following fees). His bar from the NFA is three years and he has to pay a $5K fine.

If you, your family, friends, neighbors or associates have been subjected to Broker Misconduct, please contact The Resolution Law Group at (203) 542-7275 for a confidential, no obligation consultation.

Lender Litigation, Unlawful Foreclosure, Tarp Money, Mortgage Backed Securities, Derivitives Lawsuits, Insider Trading Lawsuit, SEC Settlements, Ponzi Scheme Lawsuits, Intentional Misrepresentation, Securitized Mortgage, Class Action Securities Lawsuit, Robo-Signing Lawsuit, Lost Equity Litigation, Mortgage Lender Fraud, FINRA Fraud Lawsuit, Suing Banks, Fraudulent Misrepresentation, Short Sale Fraud, Fraudulent Business Practices, Mortgage Litigation, Complex Tort Litigation, Injunctive Relief, MERS Fraud