• Hundreds of Florida foreclosure cases could be dismissed after law firm suddenly closes


    FLORIDA - A prominent foreclosure law firm, which dealt with thousands of foreclosure cases nationwide, closed its doors in Orlando and at offices across the state.

    Now, the future of some of those cases and homes remain up in the air.

    Hatem Abou-Senna moved into his home and was living the dream until he was laid off.

    In 2010, the bank began the foreclosure process on his home and it took five years to get to trial.

    When Abou-Senna’s attorney shows up in court, the foreclosure attorneys weren’t there.

    “I was happy. It’s the same as a traffic ticket, when the police officer doesn’t show up. So it’s dismissed,” Abou-Senna said.

    The law firm Butler and Hosch’s closes its doors unexpectedly last month, causing 700 employees across the state, including 200 in central Florida, to lose their jobs.

    “No one shows up on behalf of the law firm, on behalf of the bank because the law firm is shut down. The case is dismissed. Now we’re no longer in foreclosure Now they have to start from scratch,” said Abou-Senna‘s attorney Justin Clark.

    Abou-Senna has tried to pay his mortgage, but the bank has not accepted it.

    Clark said Butler and Hosch’s caseload has been given to other law firms.

    But when they’ll get around to his case and hundreds of others remains unknown.

    “There is still a price here because of all the unknowns. This is a guy with a family who wants to save his house,” Clark said.

    Even though it’s unclear what happens next, Abou-Senna is living for free in the meantime.

    “I'm actually happy it was dismissed. There's no sale date and we can try again to modify the loan and that's what we're trying to do right now,” he said.

    Because Butler and Hosch suddenly closed, two former employees of the law firm filed a federal lawsuit in south Florida arguing they failed to adequately warn employed about their termination.

    Nationwide, the firm handled 60,000 foreclose cases and it’s now known how many will end up being dismissed.

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