Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum is investigating one of the state's largest foreclosure law firms.
McCollum's office posted a message on its website alerting consumers about a civil investigation focusing on Tampa-based Florida Default Law Group. According to the alert, the firm ‘appears to be fabricating and/or presenting false and misleading documents in foreclosure cases.’
‘These documents have been presented in court before judges as actual assignments of mortgages and have later been shown to be legally inadequate and/or insufficient,’ McCollum's office adds, saying the firm "appears to be" a client of Docx LLC, a Lender Processing Services (LPS) company.
Earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal reported that the U.S. Attorney's office for the Middle District of Florida was reviewing Docx's business processes. A recent Securities and Exchange Commission filing from LPS explained that the company had identified a process that caused an error in the notarization of certain documents, some of which were used in foreclosure proceedings. In response to the WSJ article, LPS stated that it immediately corrected the process and will cooperate with the investigation.