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Bank of America Loses Bid to Have Chicago Predatory Lending Lawsuit Dismissed

Cook County says that the bank's alleged predatory lending practices resulted in a higher number of foreclosures, increased blight, and lower property taxes in urban Chicago. Bank of America was seeking to have the suit dismissed, claiming that the county lacked standing to sue and waited too long to initiate litigation. The bank also says the county did not prove that the bank violated the Fair Housing Act, according to reports.

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Potestivo Adds Associate Attorney

Michigan-based real estate finance and credit industry law firm Potestivo & Associates recently announced the hiring of Art Sriratana as associate attorney. Sriratana will be working in the Foreclosure Department at Potestivo's Chicago office.

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Foreclosure Starts Sink to Pre-Recession Level in Chicago Area

The number of foreclosure filings in a six-county region in Illinois that includes Chicago dropped by nearly 38 percent from the first half of 2013 to the first half of 2014, falling to its lowest level since 2007, according to data released by the Woodstock Institute on September 4.

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Watt Blames Homeowner Skepticism for HARP Slowdown

In a town hall style meeting in Chicago Tuesday, Mel Watt, Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, blamed fear of being taken in by a scam for eligible homeowner’s reluctance to take advantage of the Home Affordable Refinance program.

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