Sun coverage: Maryland foreclosures

Lawyers at two Maryland firms handling foreclosures filed court documents without actually signing the papers themselves, a development that is calling into question the validity of at least some of the home foreclosure cases in the state. The two attorneys, one based in Hunt Valley and the other in Bethesda, have filed more than 20,000 foreclosure cases in Maryland courts since 2008.

The false signatures, along with concerns about "robo-signing" by national mortgage servicers, led Maryland's highest court to authorize a sweeping review of possibly thousands of foreclosure cases in the state to root out those with problematic or fraudulent documentation.

False signatures cloud Maryland foreclosure cases

11:07 PM EDT, October 12, 2010

False signatures cloud Maryland foreclosure cases

Lawyers at two Maryland firms handling foreclosures filed court documents without actually signing the papers themselves, a development that is calling into question the validity of at least some of the home foreclosure cases in the state.

8:36 PM EDT, October 13, 2010

Maryland foreclosure practices decried

Revelations that attorneys at two Maryland firms had other people sign their names to foreclosure documents brought a rebuke Wednesday from the O'Malley administration, which called the practice a "potential example of further mishandling and mistreatment of Maryland homeowners."

7:49 PM EDT, October 14, 2010

State courts committee to consider new foreclosure rules for lawyers

A committee that sets rules for Maryland's courts is scheduled to meet Friday to debate whether lawyers who filed legal documents in foreclosure cases without actually having signed the papers themselves should be required to defend their work in court or risk having the cases dismissed.

9:18 PM EDT, October 15, 2010

Maryland's high court to weigh foreclosure changes

A committee that proposes rules for Maryland's courts recommended changes Friday that could set off "massive audits" of documents filed by firms trying to foreclose on homeowners.

Maryland's high court approves foreclosure review

9:04 PM EDT, October 19, 2010

Maryland's high court approves foreclosure review

Maryland courts got the go-ahead Tuesday to conduct sweeping reviews of possibly thousands of foreclosure cases to root out those with problematic or fraudulent documentation, while the federal government separately announced investigations into national foreclosure practices.

Incentive bonuses taint foreclosures, economy

October 19, 2010

Jay Hancock: Incentive bonuses taint foreclosures, economy

Maryland and most other states outlaw "pay for performance" for political lobbyists for a very good reason.

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