October 4, 2010 12:23 PM

In Florida, judge attempts to get handle on foreclosure problem

The fifth time was the final straw for Manatee County Circuit Court Judge Janette Dunnigan. Four times in a 2007 foreclosure case, a Fort Lauderdale law firm representing a bank scheduled a hearing and either did not appear or canceled it at the last minute without telling others. So when it happened again April 13, Dunnigan called Smith, Hiatt and Diaz P.A. and issued a warning: Stop it or I'll hold you in contempt of court. The threat didn't work.

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