The Department of Justice today announced a settlement with Northwest Trustee Services Inc. (Northwest) of Bellevue, Washington, to resolve a lawsuit alleging that the foreclosure services company violated the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA). The complaint, filed in November 2017, alleges that Northwest foreclosed on homes owned by servicemembers without obtaining the required court orders. Under the terms of the settlement, servicemembers who had their homes illegally foreclosed on may each receive compensation of up to $125,000, with a total payout to servicemembers of up to $750,000. Northwest ceased operations in December 2017 and is now being liquidated in state court receivership proceedings. This is the Department’s first SCRA lawsuit against a foreclosure trustee company.
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