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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.

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