FORT LAUDERDALE (CN) - The Federal National Mortgage Association sued the Ben-Ezra & Katz law office, claiming the office refuses to deliver files on 15,000 foreclosure cases. Fannie Mae says it fired the law office in February but it refused to deliver the documents.
Fannie Mae sued Ben-Ezra on Feb. 11, but the Broward County Court made the complaint available only this week.
Fannie Mae says it hired the law office on July 25, 2008, to handle "among other things, foreclosure proceedings in the State of Florida." Marc Ben-Ezra executed the agreement on behalf of the law office, according to the complaint.
Fannie Mae says it "terminated the Agreement with Ben-Ezra" on Feb. 11 this year, and asked that the office "immediately begin transferring all documents, records and related work products created and/or compiled under the agreement."
It claims Ben-Ezra was handling about 15,000 cases on behalf of Fannie Mae, which needs to send the documents to successor counsel "so that the parties and properties related to the 15,000 cases are not prejudiced by any delay in the proceedings."
Nonetheless, Fannie Mae says, "To date, Ben-Ezra has refused to deliver the case files, which Fannie Mae stands ready, willing, and able to accept."
It seeks specific performance and an injunction. It is represented by Jeffrey Schneider with Levine Kellogg Lehman Schneider & Grossman of Miami.