Complains About The National Mortgage Settlement

In a recent article written by Karen Freifeld and Aruna Viswanatha entitled: New York to sue BofA, Wells Fargo over mortgage practices, is reported that The National Mortgage Settlement, the largest consumer financial protection settlement in United States history (see), was brokered between the banks and 49 state attorneys general.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said on Monday he intends to sue Bank of America and Wells Fargo for violating the terms of a settlement designed to end mortgage servicing abuses.

Last year top banks reached an agreement about providing $25 billion in relief to homeowners and comply with a set of servicing standards to make amends for foreclosure misconduct. But as it turns out, the obligations of the deal are not carried out as expected.

According to Eric Schneiderman, 339 violations of standards dictating the time-line for banks to process mortgage modification applications has been documented since October 2012. Wells Fargo allegedly violated the servicing rules 210 times, while Bank of America allegedly violated the terms 129 times.

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Same-Sex Marriage Is Also Legalized In Rhode Island

In a recent Reuters article written by Edith Honan entitled: Rhode Island lawmakers pass gay marriage bill; governor signs it, is reported that on Thursday the smallest in area of the 50 U.S. states Rhode Island became the 10th U.S. state to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples and the last of the six New England states to do so.

Governor Lincoln Chafee, an independent, signed the bill yesterday shortly after its approval. The first wedding ceremonies will be possible on August 1, when the law will take effect.

“We would not be where we are today without the Rhode Islanders who for decades have fought for tolerance and freedom over discrimination and division,” said Chafee. “I am proud to say that now, at long last, you are free to marry the person you love.”

Later the governor together with the state’s main gay rights organization, Rhode Islanders United for Marriage, celebrated their victory in the state capital Providence.

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Immigration: Rally for Citizenship

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In a recent article posted on the BBC website entitled: Tens of thousands at US immigration reform rallieswas reported that thousands of people came together across the US in a mass call for citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants.

The protesters, among them union leaders, domestic workers, farm laborers and immigration activists, called upon the Congress to act an immigration reform bill.

Yesterday such mass-meetings were held in Washington DC, New York, San Francisco, Atlanta and other places. In order to win immigration reform the demonstrators intend to walk the streets all over the country.

In the US Senate, a bipartisan group of senators proposed for consideration a bill which would require strict border security measures to be in place before undocumented immigrants could gain legal status. Those in favor of tighter controls are concerned about the nearly 20 million Americans who are not able to find a full time job and the nearly 11 million undocumented immigrants, most of whom are Hispanic.

It would also give an opportunity to many legal immigrants to come to the US as guest workers.

Other political groups support more rigorous immigration laws and state that the reforms under consideration would aggravate financial problems for state and local governments and would lead to higher levels of illegal immigration.

In spite of the failed attempts to reform the immigration system in 2007 and 2010, a new bill is expected soon. Moreover, President Barack Obama has expressed optimism that an immigration bill could be passed in the first half of 2013.

Crimes and Sins: Casino Addicted Nun Steals $130,000 From Churches in NY

A recent Wall Street Journal article entitled “NY gambling nun admits taking $128K from churches” reports that a Roman Catholic nun faces up to six months in prison for stealing approximately $130,000 from two rural churches in western New York. The nun needed money to fund her gambling addiction.

Sister Mary Rapp, 68, was arrested in November when the theft was uncovered during an audit.

She admits she stole the money from St. Mary’s Church in Holley and St. Mark’s Church in Kendall from March 2006 to April 2011 and pleaded guilty to grand larceny.

The sentence will be announced on 1 July. She will also have to pay “reasonable restitution” of the stolen money.

Sister Rapp was placed on leave in 2011 and agreed to attend addiction treatment.

US Bizarre Laws

America is the place for wacky state laws. Each State has it’s own pretty unbelievable things including laws which are odd, laughable and downright bizarre. When packing your bags and heading off to any of these places you should be careful because you never know what weird laws may still be in effect! These laws may be funny, but finding yourself on the wrong side of the law is no laughing matter.

 Here they are, the dumbest laws in America:

  • Illinois: It is illegal to drink beer out of a bucket while sitting on the curb.
  • Iowa: It is illegal to hunt from an aircraft.
  • Kentucky: It is illegal to carry an ice cream cone in your back pocket.
  • West Virginia: It is illegal for children to attend school with there breath smelling of wild onions.
  • Alaska: It is considered an offense to push a live moose out of a moving airplane.
  • California: Illegal to set a mouse trap without a hunting license.
  • Connecticut: It is illegal to walk across the street on your hands.
  • Florida: It is illegal to fart in a public place after 6:00 pm on Thursdays.
  • Idaho: It is illegal for a man to give his sweetheart a box of candy weighing less than fifty pounds.
  • Maryland: It is illegal to take a lion to the movies.
  • New Jersey: It is illegal to slurp soup.
  • New York: It is illegal to greet each other by putting one’s thumb on the nose and wiggling the fingers.

No matter what State you find yourself in, be sure you visit www.legalbistro.com our on-line community where you are able to post your case anonymously.

You can find more interesting State Laws here: http://www.dumblaws.com