After a 2 Year Legal Fight With MFI-Miami Client, Specialized Loan Servicing Agrees To 11th Hour Settlement Before Trial
Their troubles began the attempt to modify their home in Delray Beach, Florida with JPMorgan Chase in 2009. This is when MFI-Miami began working on the file.
JPMorgan Chase told Bill and Doreen not to make their mortgage payments due to the modification negotiations for three years. This included sending countless modification applications to JPMorgan Chase.
JPMorgan Chase Starts Foreclosure Proceedings
In 2012, JPMorgan Chase decided to file a foreclosure lawsuit against Bill and Doreen on behalf of LaSalle Bank, N.A. As Trustee For WaMu Mortgage Pass-through Certificates 2005-AR15 (Trust.
There were two glaring issues with this file. The first was there was no mortgage assignment from the FDIC as Receiver for Washington Mutual to JPMorgan Chase.
JPMorgan Chase also failed to file a mortgage assignment to the Trust who attempting to foreclose.
For nearly 18 months, JPMorgan Chase tried to hide information from MFI-Miami. Information that showed they lacked standing to foreclose.
WaMu Bankruptcy Complicates JPMorgan Chase’s Plans To Foreclose
The United States Bankruptcy Court in Delaware entered an order finalizing plans to transfer all of all remaining Washington Mutual assets to WMI Liquidating Trust effective 3/19/2012. This would also close out the FDIC responsibilities as the Receiver for Washington Mutual.
When Shapiro, Fishman & Gache filed a Lis Pendens and a foreclosure complaint in November of 2012, naming U.S. Bank N.A. as Trustee Successor for Bank of America as Trustee Successor by merger to LaSalle Bank, N.A.
There was no mortgage assignment from the FDIC to JPMorgan Chase. There also was no mortgage assignment from JPMorgan Chase to the Trust recorded with Palm Beach County.
Shapiro, Fishman & Gache filed a mortgage assignment to the Trust four months after filing the foreclosure complaint.
MFI-Miami was able to prove the Trust was not the proper mortgagee. The mortgage assignment to the Trust after the liquidation of Washington Mutual showed the FDIC lacked legal standing to assign the loan to the Trust.
The mortgage assignment should have been assigned to JPMorgan Chase from WMI Liquidating Trust not the FDIC. To add further problems to JPMorgan Chase’s claims was the fact no one including U.S. Bank who the Trustee for the Trust could find the loan in the Schedule of Loans for the Trust.
JPMorgan Chase Dumps Their Problem Onto Specialized Loan Servicing
JPMorgan Chase knew they had a serious problem with this file. So they sold the servicing rights to Specialized Loan Servicing 18 months into foreclosure litigation.
Specialized Loan Servicing soon realized they had just bought a steaming bag of dog feces from JPMorgan Chase. They instructed Shapiro, Fishman & Gache find an endorsed copy of the note which up until this time seemed to be non-existent.
Then last month, SLS produced a note with an endorsement stamp from Cynthia Riley, a former Washington Mutual executive. Because the endorsement was done in blank, anyone who had possession could foreclose.
Bill and Doreen’s attorney and I determined that we could win the case based on the mortgage issue but we could very well lose at the appellate level because of the blank endorsement on the note or if Shapiro, Fishman & Gache decided to refile the case based on the note issue alone.
Realizing that their client would be in for a costly legal fight over the property which had already cost their clients close to $750,000 legal fees and possibility that their legal bill would double if this case went to the Florida Supreme Court, Shapiro, Fishman & Gache offered the Bill and Doreen a settlement at the eleventh hour.