Friday, October 1, 2010
CONNECTICUT AND CALIFORNIA JOIN PROBE OF ALLY, ORDER FORECLOSURE FREEZE
Attorneys general in Connecticut and California ordered Ally Financial's GMAC mortgage unit to freeze all foreclosures within their borders, joining a growing list of states investigating whether the firm and other lenders improperly kicked people out of their homes, the Washington Post reported today. Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal yesterday accused Ally of using "defective foreclosure documents" in its filings and said he ordered the moratorium "to forestall horrendous, illegal harm against homeowners." California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. on Friday called Ally's document review process a "sham." In Illinois, Attorney General Lisa Madigan said that she "wants to see Ally stop the filing of foreclosures in Illinois as well until this situation can be remedied," a spokeswoman said. Iowa, North Carolina and Texas have also opened investigations into Ally's lending practices as well as those at other large mortgage companies, officials said. The announcement by California is especially significant because it had previously been thought to be unaffected. Last week, Ally announced it would halt evictions in 23 states where a court order is needed to evict a homeowner.