Case studies: Some of last year's highest-visibility legal cases
From mortgage foreclosure lawsuits to open carry, private school vouchers and a contractor dispute involving a Trump-owned property, last year’s legal rulings covered a wide spectrum of high-profile cases. The article begins with a look at a mortage foreclosure case:
Bartram v. U.S. Bank
In 2005, a Ponte Vedra Beach homeowner named Lewis Bartram took out a $650,000 mortgage to buy out his ex-wife in a divorce settlement. In 2006, he stopped making payments on that mortgage, and the law firm of David Stern filed a foreclosure suit against him on behalf of U.S. Bank. Stern, who ran what was once considered Florida’s biggest foreclosure “mill,” eventually went out of business amid allegations of mismanagement and fraud. Among the tens of thousands of foreclosure cases left in limbo was Bartram’s.
In 2011, a judge dismissed the 2006 foreclosure action against Bartram when the bank failed to appear at a case management conference. A year later, Bartram tried to get a judgment against the bank to prevent it from making any future claims on the property...
ALSO IN THIS ARTICLE: Brad Westphal; Mark James Asay; Nancy Abudu; John Stemberger; Dale Lee Norman; Joanne McCall; Mark Volman; Howard Kaylan
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