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Private actions not blocked in major government settlement on unfair foreclosures

Matthew Malamud

The $25 billion settlement recently reached between 49 state attorneys general and five mortgage servicers that is intended to help current and former homeowners affected by the foreclosure crisis does not release banks and their third-party servicers from private actions. The settlement includes relief such as principal reduction and refinancing. Diane Thompson, of counsel for the National Consumer Law Center in Boston, said while the settlement won’t solve the foreclosure problem, “it is a good start.”

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