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VOL. 128 | NO. 14 | Monday, January 21, 2013

HSBC to Pay $249 Million to Settle Foreclosure-Abuse Case

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WASHINGTON (AP) – British bank HSBC will pay $249 million to settle federal complaints that its U.S. division wrongfully foreclosed on homeowners who should have been allowed to stay in their homes.

The agreement with the Federal Reserve and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency is similar to deals with 12 other banks that ended a review of loan files required under a 2011 federal action. Combined, the 13 banks will pay $9.3 billion.

The settlements could compensate Americans whose homes were seized because of abuses such as "robo-signing," when banks automatically signed off on foreclosures without properly reviewing documents. The agreement will also help eliminate huge potential liabilities for the banks.

Consumer advocates say regulators settled for too low a price.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 105 291 7,063
MORTGAGES 98 358 9,638
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 18 61 2,051
BUILDING PERMITS 227 690 16,428
BANKRUPTCIES 60 260 6,319
BUSINESS LICENSES 20 88 2,686
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 123 380 8,848
MARRIAGE LICENSES 22 135 2,132

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