Charlotte School of Law to Assist Beazer Homebuyers With Restitution Claims at April 14 Clinic

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Translators will also be available to assist Spanish-speaking homebuyers

A student services organization at Charlotte School of Law will hold a free clinic at the school on Saturday, April 14 from noon to 4 p.m. for Beazer homebuyers who are eligible to receive restitution funds as part of an ongoing settlement against the national homebuilder. This clinic provides assistance to homebuyers who were victims of the fraudulent business practices acknowledged by Beazer in July 2009 as part of a deferred prosecution agreement reached with the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, Docket No. 18 U.S.C. § 371.

Under a deferred prosecution agreement reached with U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina in July 2009, Beazer accepted responsibility for a number of fraudulent mortgage origination and accounting practices and agreed to pay $10 million toward a restitution fund, which could grow to as much as $50 million. Pro bono outreach by Charlotte School of Law students has helped more than 450 homebuyers file $3 million in claims, with individual claims ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 since the school began offering the clinics in 2010.

“Our clinic will provide guidance for homebuyers who seek payment claims from the Beazer restitution fund and will also provide an opportunity for homebuyers to work one-on-one with trained law students who can assist with Relief Request forms and other application processes,” said Ashley Haake, president of the Public Interest Law Society, a student-led group involved in community outreach at Charlotte School of Law.

“In addition, translators will be available during the clinic to assist Spanish-speaking homebuyers in filing claims,” Haake said.

All Beazer homebuyers whose closing took place in North Carolina between Aug. 1, 2002, and Aug. 30, 2011, and received down payment assistance or discount points in connection with their home purchase may be eligible to receive a restitution payment. Homebuyers who submit relief requests on time, and which are subsequently approved, may receive a cash settlement payment.

The clinic will be held at Charlotte School of Law, located in Bryant Park at 2145 Suttle Ave., located northwest of Interstate 77 and Interstate 277 – http://bit.ly/eViYBj.

Homebuyers interested in attending are asked to call or email in advance to reserve a time slot, and walk-ins are welcome. Homebuyers should bring all paperwork relating to the purchase of their home, including the HUD-1 Settlement Statement.
For more information or to reserve a space, homebuyers should contact Beazerclinic(at)charlottelaw(dot)edu or (704) 971-8382.

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Charlotte School of Law, fully accredited by the American Bar Association, offers a student-centered orientation that focuses on the hands-on learning needed to equip graduates with leadership, management and interpersonal skills needed for career success. As the only law school in North Carolina’s most populous city, Charlotte School of Law offers full-time and part-time day programs as well as an evening part-time program for working professionals. On the Web at http://www.charlottelaw.edu.

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