Friday, September 9, 2011

Florida Law Weekly Supplement Publishes Firm Foreclosure Win

The Florida Law Weekly supplement has published an order granting a motion to dismiss obtained for a Saint Lucie County foreclosure defense client. The Florida Law Weekly Supplement publishes legally significant rulings of Florida’s county and circuit courts. The publication is available to Florida Lawyers on a subscription basis. This was the fourth published foreclosure opinion obtained by the firm and the third published foreclosure opinion for firm attorney Richard Shuster. Mr. Shuster has over twenty published opinions in a wide range of civil litigation matters.

In this case the firm filed a motion to dismiss Citibank’s foreclosure complaint for failure to comply with Florida Rule of Civil Procedure 1.110(b) which requires foreclosure complaints to be verified. Shuster asserted that the Citibank’s verification of the complaint on a separate document was improper and that verification must be made on the complaint itself. The rationale for this argument is that if a bank can verify a complaint on a separate piece of paper, such papers can be robosigned in advance and then just stapled to complaints as needed. If the person verifying the complaint signs the complaint itself, the Court knows that at a minimum the person verifying the complaint had possession of the complaint at the time they signed it.

Judge James Midelis, agreed with the firm’s arguments and granted the motion to dismiss the foreclosure case. The Court also ordered Citiabank to pay the homeowner’s attorneys fees. For the hearing on this case firm attorney Richard Shuster traveled from the firm’s Melbourne office to St. Lucie, Florida where the hearing was held. To download a copy of the order in Adobe Acrobat (pdf) format please click the link below. Homeowners who have questions about whether the foreclosure complaint against their home was properly verified may E-mail the firm at


About Shuster & Saben: Shuster & Saben, LLC is a litigation firm of seven attorneys with offices in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Melbourne Florida. The firm passionately defends foreclosure cases in those parts of the state that are within two hours of the firm's three offices. The firm also sues banks and loan servicers that violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Truth In Lending Act and other consumer protection laws. Our goal is to deliver superior representation at a cost that is affordable, predictable, and an excellent value. Homeowners in foreclosure are welcome call or e-mail to obtain a free, no-obligation consultation with a firm attorney.

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