Tallahassee, FL -- May 10, 2012 --
Florida's housing crisis took center stage at the Florida Supreme Court Thursday, in a case challenging robo-signing.
Amanda Lundergan is representing Roman Pino. In 2008, Pino's bank filed for foreclosure, and used fraudulent, robo-signed documents against him. Once the bank got caught they dropped their suit then filed a new one, with new paperwork.
Lundergan told the justices, the bank shouldn't have been allowed to drop the suit just because it was caught using forged documents.
Kenneth McLane is one of those borrowers. Two years ago his bank tried to foreclosure on his home using robo-signed documents.
McLane, hopes the Palm Beach case leads to harsher penalties for robo-signing and a level playing field for people facing foreclosure.
As for Pino, he entered into a secret settlement with his bank last year. It allows him to keep his home.
In Florida, the nation's largest banks have agreed to stop robo-signing as part of a multi-billion dollar settlement.