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Wells Fargo Class Action Lawsuit; Foul Called on Common Company Practice

Unknowing and Unwilling Applicants – Wells Fargo Class Action Alleges Automatically Placing Mortgagors into Forbearance Program

Wells Fargo & Company, and Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. are being sued for allegedly unilaterally opting mortgagors into unwanted forbearance programs that have caused injury to consumers. The Wells Fargo class action alleges that the company’s practice of opting the mortgagors into the government’s forbearance program without their consent has prevented the latter from taking out new loans or refinancing their existing mortgages.

The case is filed under the name: Urista, J. v Wells Fargo & Company and Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Case No. 3:20-cv-01689-H-AHG, S.D. CA.

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The Facts of the Case

The class action lawsuit alleges that “Wells Fargo unilaterally and without consent, and certainly without requesting or receiving any financial hardship attestation, opted unwitting clients into its COVID-19 mortgage forbearance program. In addition, Wells Fargo put through secondary requests for forbearance on behalf of homeowners who had asked to participate in the program initially but who did not ask for extensions and no longer wanted to be in the forbearance program.”

“Since the advent of COVID-19, approximately 5.5 million homeowners have participated in a mortgage forbearance program, either knowingly or unknowingly. Upon information and belief, Wells Fargo has deferred approximately 2.5 million payments and it is not clear whether any of those affected supplied such documents to Wells Fargo. The requirement of a volitional act on the part of mortgagor participants is intentional as mortgage forbearance has serious consequences for homeowners, including an inability to obtain additional credit and/or to refinance any existing loans. Wells Fargo benefits by unilaterally opting unwitting homeowners into its forbearance program in a number of ways, including retaining borrowers who might otherwise refinance their mortgages with other institutions.”

Editor’s note on the Wells Fargo Class Action Lawsuit:

This piece is written about the recent Wells Fargo Lawsuit. If you are considered eligible to be among the class of consumers described in the class action, you may eventually be able to participate in receiving any compensation the court may award.

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