ST PETE TIMES...Attorney David J. Stern, whose law firm was once known as Florida’s top foreclosure “mill,” owns a $16 million Fort Lauderdale home. Now, as Stern himself faces financial difficulties, some of his property and other assets are up for sale.
As many as 20,000 foreclosure cases in the Tampa Bay area have been left in limbo by the virtual collapse of the David J. Stern Law Firm, once Florida's most prolific foreclosure "mill.''
The firm's implosion gives many borrowers at least a temporary reprieve from foreclosure and means that thousands of cases could be dismissed unless lenders quickly hire other attorneys. "It's a mess,'' Pinellas-Pasco Chief Judge Thomas McGrady said Tuesday.
In a letter dated March 4, Stern notified McGrady and other chief judges that as of March 31 the firm will end its involvement in all 100,000 foreclosure cases statewide in which it is still listed as attorney of record. Bank of America and other Stern clients jettisoned the firm last year because of its allegedly sloppy, fraudulent practices, but in many cases have yet to hire anyone to replace him.
"It's just put the brakes on being able to move forward in these thousands of cases we have, and so they either get counsel or get rid of the case,'' McGrady said. In his letter to the judges, Stern acknowledged that his firm is basically out of business. In Hillsborough County, Stern is still attorney of record in just under 10,000 cases, of a total of 25,000 pending foreclosure suits.
Chief Judge Manuel Menendez Jr. said he doubts that Stern's letter frees him from the responsibility of legally withdrawing from the cases. "You can't just walk away,'' Menendez said. "I think he's written the letter in attempt to circumvent the rules of judicial administration.''
Defense attorneys said Stern cases were riddled with fraud and errors, and Bill Warner, a Sarasota private investigator, said the firm started foreclosing on him even though it had the wrong Bill Warner. "They are the sloppiest, most disorganized bunch you've ever seen in your life,'' said Bill Warner, who is among several homeowners and shareholders suing Stern (see above) in various courts.
UP NEXT.. March 14th, 2011 at 9:30 AM there will be a second Motion to Dismiss hearing in Sarasota Court, this time brought by DEUTSCHE BANK and their attorney Kimberly Gustafson, they are being tried separately from David J. Stern and the David J. Stern Law Office clan of goons, I wonder if any of the Stern goons will show up?
Case Number 2010 CA 010482 NC
Uniform Case Number 582010CA0104820000NC
Filing Type Libel/Slander
Filing Date 10/6/2010
DIVISION A CIRCUIT SARASOTA
Plaintiff Name WILLIAM “BILL”WARNER
Defendant Name ……….
1). DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY AS TRUSTEE,
2). THE LAW OFFICE OF DAVID J STERN P A,
3). TOMAS KUCERA ESQ,
4). DAVID J STERN ESQ ,
5). VIVIEN LEORA LURLENE ESQ
PLAINTIFF William “Bill” Warner who is seeking damages of $5,000,000 each DEFENDANT(S) and who respectfully requests this Court to find fault and liability on DEFENDANT(S) Attorney(s) and Law Office.
Bill Warner Private Investigator, SEX, CRIME, CHEATERS & TERRORISM.