Kramer Kaslow: Home Mortgage Servicer Sues Lender in Unprecedented Law Suit

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The Law Offices of Kramer and Kaslow say One West Bank has filed suit against lending giant HSBC.

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Consolidated plaintiff litigation attorney Philip A. Kramer announced recently that One West Bank, a servicer of home mortgages, is suing a lender, HSBC, in order to prevent them from foreclosing on homeowner Pamela Jeter. (One West Bank, FSB vs HSBC Bank Association, as trustee of the Deutsche Alt-A Securities Mortgage Loan Trust, Series 2006-AR5; United States District Court, Southern District of New York; Case 1:10-cv-04855-SHS).

News sites such as Propublica.org are weighing in on the suit. “The suit is remarkable not only because it seems unique -- close observers said they hadn't seen another example of a servicer going to court against a trustee -- but also because it lays bare a relationship that is usually a mystery to homeowners and investors in securitized mortgages,” said Propublica.org representatives.

Philip Kramer, an attorney and senior partner at the law firm of Kramer & Kaslow as well as a past president of the Los Angeles West Inns of Court, a national organization dedicated to bringing professionalism and civility back into the legal profession also weighed in on the suit. “In all my years of practicing law, I have never seen anything like this,” says Philip Kramer. “I have seen lenders deny people before. I have seen paperwork get lost. I have seen all kinds of things, but what happened next was a first – even for me. For a servicer to sue the noteholder? That is unheard of!”

ABOUT PHILIP KRAMER
PHILIP A. KRAMER is the senior partner of the Law Office of Kramer & Kaslow, in Calabasas, California. Kramer & Kaslow is Martindale Hubbell “AV” rated. Mr. Kramer is a perennial recipient of the prestigious “Southern California Super Lawyer” award.

Mr. Kramer received his undergraduate degree from Ohio State University and his Juris Doctorate from the Catholic University of America, in Washington, DC. His practice emphasizes commercial litigation and trial advocacy, with a concentration on business litigation, and real property matters. He has prosecuted and defended cases for over twenty five years.

Mr. Kramer is a licensed real estate broker and has spent considerable time providing legal services in connection with real estate issues relating to loan modification and loss mitigation, land use and zoning, environmental issues, easements, construction and development, finance, and landlord tenant matters.

Mr. Kramer is admitted to practice before all courts in the State of California, the United States Supreme Court and the United States Court of Military Appeals. Mr. Kramer has tried in excess of 200 cases. He has appeared on nationally televised programs regarding pre-trial procedure and trial strategy and has appeared as a guest lecturer on topics ranging from constitutional law to trial practice, and Mr. Kramer frequently lectures on a broad spectrum of various legal and business issues.

Mr. Kramer also serves as a Judge Pro Tem for the Los Angeles Superior Court and as a Mediator.

Mr. Kramer is also a past president of the Los Angeles West Inns of Court, a national organization dedicated to bringing professionalism and civility back into the legal profession. He also serves on numerous Boards of Directors and serves as an officer in many companies. For more information call (818) 224-3900 or visit http://kramer-kaslow.com

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