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Pulte-Centex Built Wall Still No Fix
Thursday, 16 April 2015

Special Report byMireya Villarreal FORT WORTH (CBS 11 NEWS)
Family Fears Rain Could Force Retaining Wall To Finally Fall

Heavy rain on Monday is weighing down the soil behind the Irizarry’s home. That’s forcing the retaining wall in their backyard to pull away from the 10th hold of the Fossil Creek Golf Course.Golf course reps are now estimating it could cost nearly a half-million dollars to tear down the wall, stabilize the ground, and replace the fixture.

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Closing Small Claims Doors of Consumer Justice
Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Tyranny of the Arbitrators - And the End of Small Claims Court
After a minor banking dispute in 2010 forced me to file a small claim, Citibank removed my small claim to private arbitration against my objections and in violation of my agreements and the arbitrator’s rules.I am sharing my story to help others... Citibank removed my small claim to arbitration to avoid an undesirable but public outcome in small claims court — knowing full well the depth of the hole it was putting me in.

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Foreclosure - No Mortgage Payments
Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Foreclosure to Home Free, as 5-Year Clock Expires
In September, Susan Rodolfi celebrated an unusual anniversary: five years of missed mortgage payments. She is like a ghost of the housing market’s painful past, one of thousands of Americans who have skipped years of mortgage payments and are still living in their homes.

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Uninhabitable House Getting Old
Thursday, 26 March 2015

New Jersey Man Sues Builders Over $1.6 Million 'Uninhabitable'  
When the house in Florham Park, New Jersey, was completed in 2007, Humayun Akhtar, 66, discovered the home’s interior and exterior had cracks and that the house was “sliding down the hill it was built on,” he told ABC News today. The house is “unrepaired and uninhabitable,” according to court findings, which added the soil the home was built on was “of insufficient load-bearing capacity to hold the building.”

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Pulte Wall Failure
Thursday, 26 March 2015

Family Fights to Get Crumbling Retaining Wall Fixed
Back in 2010, Pulte offered to buy back 27 of their homes in San Antonio when a similar retaining wall collapsed.“You would think after going through that that they would at least follow their own formula for resolution.,” Kristyn said. “We want for Pulte to buy back our home.”

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Pulte Homeowner Goes From Bad to Worse
Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Cibolo homeowner wants buy-back from Centex Homes
Manny Martinez and his wife Laura thought they were buying their forever home. Now they're afraid they may be stuck in it forever. Just one month....  Pulte Group hired a contractor to do the work and repair the leaking line,...When the contractor began pumping the material in the tunnel, the garage floor exploded and the material flooded into the garage....Martinez now wants Centex Homes, a subsidiary of the Pulte group to buy the home back. The company instead is dead set on making what it calls cosmetic repairs.

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CBS Ch 11 Ft Worth: Pulte-Centex Walls Came Tumblein Down
Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Homeowners Fight To Get Falling Retaining Wall Fixed, Before It’s Too Late
 “We caught this in time. It was caught in time. And in San Antonio for a lot of the home builders it wasn’t,” Kristyn added. “Regardless of whether you have a retaining wall, or foundation issues, or whatever, this applies to everyone. If you own a home , you could easily wake up tomorrow and be in this boat. Related:
Photo: Pulte-Centex Rivermist Press Conference Rally   Pulte-Centex Homes wrong about wall threat

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SEE LATEST PHOTOS: Ft Worth Pulte-Centex Wall
Tuesday, 17 March 2015

San Antonio to Forth Worth Pulte-Centex Wall Failure
Irizarry Family worries as more rain approaches and the crumbling wall looms with danger. Same story different City, same builder. See latest Irizarry wall photos, plus the San Antonio Rivermist Story

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Tweets by Public Citizen
Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Tweets by Public Citizen

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YouTube Marching Band - Stop Forced Arbitration.
Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Memo to Big Banks: Don't Piss off Marching Bands
Urge the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to Stand Up to Wall Street and Defend Consumer Rights. The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has the authority to restore our rights by banning these predatory terms. Big Banks and powerful financial institutions are using the fine print in the terms for checking accounts, credit cards, prepaid cards, student loans and other financial products to deny ripped-off consumers their constitutional right to hold the banks accountable in court.

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MBA - Ease strict underwriting standards "extremely positive"
Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Mel Watt and Julian Castro announce housing policy changes
FHFA continues to evaluate ways to refine and improve the loss mitigation and foreclosure prevention policies at the Enterprises, because we understand that many individuals and families are still facing the possibility of foreclosure and are looking for alternatives to stay in their homes." ....Compass Point listed the biggest winners of this kind of credit box expansion as originators, private mortgage insurers and home builders. ...challenging the regulators to ease the incredibly strict underwriting standards now required to originate a mortgage loan.

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Home Builders bill with Fraudulent Intentions
Sunday, 12 October 2014

HOA homeowners oppose construction defects legislation  
“Senator Ulibarri is about to introduce a bill that should be called the ‘Horrors of Homeownership Act,’” said Molly Foley-Healy, chair of CLAC. “Senator Ulibarri’s stated goal is to create more affordable housing, but this bill has nothing to do with affordable housing. Instead, it hurts the very people he said he wanted to help. It effectively blocks homeowners from holding builders responsible for their shoddy construction and leaves homeowners living in HOAs to pick up the tab for repairing the defects.”

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Home Owners for Better Building call on HUD Secretay Julian Csstro To Enforce Federal Codes
Saturday, 04 October 2014

Local homeowners call on Julian Castro to overhaul HUD
The Mirasol homes were built using HUD money, and homeowners said if builders had followed HUD's federal building guidelines, the builders would have avoided lawsuits and the wasted, taxpayer money.

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Arbitration Impenetrable Roadblock by Business Interest
Saturday, 18 January 2014

When the little guy gets shut out of court
The trend toward mandatory arbitration clauses has been accelerating for years, but attempts to curtail it have run into an impenetrable roadblock from business interests that are understandably eager to stay out of court. Their point might be justified if the arbitration process was fair, transparent and accountable. It is not.

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Forced Binding Arbitration - Builder Get Out Of Jail Free
Thursday, 09 January 2014

 Consumer advocates: Fine print could rob consumers of right to sue
Consumer advocates warn that a provision in an increasing number of consumer contracts robs consumers of their basic right to sue.  Greg Cole said he was forced into arbitration when his homebuilder, John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods, wouldn't fix construction mistakes to his home in a development in East Cobb. Cole said cracks in walls and ceilings caused leaks that created a mold problem that sickened his family. 

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CFPB Monitor - FTC challenging arbitration
Sunday, 29 December 2013

CFPB Monitor - FTC files amicus challenging arbitration provision
Last year, the DOJ filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant in support of the merchants who were challenging the class action waiver in American Express’ arbitration agreement.  (The Supreme Court ruled against the merchants in a 5-3 decision.)


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