Ending foreclosure business, Ben-Ezra lays off 154

A second South Florida law firm is shuttering its foreclosure business following a three-month fall from grace marked by a contempt of court charge against the firm’s co-founder and loss of major clients.

The Fort Lauderdale-based firm of Ben-Ezra & Katz gave layoff notices to 146 employees Thursday, with another eight from its title agency receiving the same news, said a spokesman, Ray Casas.

Once one of the larger so-called “foreclosure mills” in Florida with nearly 600 employees, Ben-Ezra & Katz has been cutting staff since February when it was fired by federal mortgage backer Fannie Mae. Before Thursday’s announcement, the firm had already laid off 280 employees, according to records filed with the state.

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