Posted on July 15, 2011 by Neil Garfield
CERTIFIED QUESTIONS SUBMITTED FOR SUPREME COURT REVIEW
AMICUS BRIEFS REPORTEDLY BEING FILED BY ARIZONA ATTORNEY GENERAL AND OTHERS
Oral Argument on the submitted Certified Questions from Judge Eileen Hollowell, on September 22, 2011 regarding clarification of non judicial foreclosure in Arizona.
@ UofA College of Law
1201 E Speedway Blvd.
3:00 pm.open to the public!
A lot of buzz being generated about this time in Arizona Supreme Court. The Court has scheduled oral argument in an auditorium and it will be broadcast, from what I understand on September live on September 22, 2011.
The big question of course is whether we will take a step forward or a step backward.The certified questions are straightforward and the greater weight of the law clearly supports Vasquez. If the banks lose this one, as they have on appellate review, they will once again be forced backward on 5 million foreclosures, many of which were in Arizona. My position is simple: if the law is applied and substance is more important than a procedure (non-judicial foreclosure) that in the current environment is questionable at best, then the Court will issue a ruling and opinion that will require Judges to make inquiry as to the truth of the matters asserted by the banks. If it is true, they can foreclose, If it is false they can’t. The fact that the decision could have large ramifications should not stop the court from doing the right thing.
As for the large ramifications, they run both ways. A decision for the banks will mean that title will be forever corrupted and uncertainty will be introduced into the marketplace that was never permitted or even contemplated. A decision for the borrowers will put the borrowers back into the driver’s seat to reclaim their home, damages for wrongful foreclosure and it will create a huge opportunity for community banks and credit unions to pick up the pieces of what is left of the megabanks when their balance sheets are revealed as nothing more than the emperor’s new clothes. A decision for banks will continue to stifle the economy that is already choking on foreclosures, unemployment and lack of capital or income to fuel economic growth. A decision for the borrowers will inject capital back into the economic equation and allow homeowners to recover with some money in or wealth in their pockets that can fueled the stimulus needed for the economy, employment and increased tax revenue for the states and federal government.
AS FOR THE FREE HOUSE STORY: It’s true. Someone is going to get a free house. Will it be the disinterested non-creditor banks who misbehaved and lied in the process of lending and documenting the alleged loans, and withheld accounting from third party payments made without subrogation? Or will it be the homeowner who has down payments, monthly payments, maintenance, taxes and insurance, as well as furnishings and home improvements in the home? Will there be a windfall? Yes. Either to the banks who don’t have anything to lose except an opportunity to get a free house or to the homeowner who had more left on his obligation than the value of his claims against the bank for wrongful foreclosure, predatory lending, fraudulent lending etc.