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A.G.’s Office sues law firms over foreclosure services

The Consumer Protection Division of the Maryland Attorney General’s Office filed lawsuits against two law firms for allegedly operating illegal loan modification schemes that charge consumers large upfront fees, but often do not help them avoid foreclosure or modify their loans, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced Wednesday. The suits charge Brooklyn, New York-based Litvin Law Firm P.C. and the Law Office of Maria R. Flynn L.L.C., based in Crofton, with violating various Maryland statutes. After collecting illegal upfront fees, these operations often fail to negotiate successful loan modifications, placing their victims at even greater risk of financial loss and foreclosure.