Foreclosure law firm can’t be investigated by Florida’s AG, court rules

Florida’s attorney general has no authority to investigate a Boca Raton

-based foreclosure law firm under a civil unfair trade practices statute, an appeals court ruled Wednesday.

In siding with the Shapiro & Fishman law firm, the 4th District Court of Appeals likely ended the state’s current pursuit of subpoenas against other so-called “foreclosure mills,” including the Law Offices of David J. Stern in Plantation.

Judge Spencer D. Levine wrote in Wednesday’s ruling that the state’s subpoena was not connected to “trade or commerce,” a requirement when using Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act to investigate.

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