A California-based foreclosure defense attorney is going after the banks in unusual fashion, filing a Florida RICO lawsuit against J.P. Morgan Chase in Palm Beach County with a Boca Raton resident as lead plaintiff.
Attorney Jeff Barnes, who maintains an office in Boca Raton, lists 35 homeowners from several states in the legal action.
The Florida Civil Remedies for Criminal Practices Act – the civil version of Florida Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act – is used in instances where the defendant has shown a pattern of misconduct.
Barnes claims in the suit that Chase committed “nationalized fraud” by using false and fraudulent documents to foreclose on homes and in claiming it has the right to foreclose on loans made by the now defunct Washington Mutual Bank. Chase took over Washington Mutual in 2008.
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