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Fraud allegations cannot reopen voluntarily dismissed foreclosure cases

Florida Supreme Court issues ruling favorable to banks in foreclosure-heavy state

The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday found that voluntarily dismissed foreclosure cases can’t be reopened when there are allegations of fraud, an important ruling in a state that saw a lot of foreclosures during the housing crisis.

In this case, Bank of New York Mellon Corp. brought a foreclosure in 2008 against homeowner Roman Pino, who had a Bank of America mortgage. Pino alleged that the bank’s documents were fraudulently backdated in conjunction with “robo-signing,” a practice in which law firms and banks signed off on foreclosure documents without checking to see if they were accurate.

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