Jun 042013

From Reuters via Huffington Post:

* NY says HSBC ignored law designed to protect homeowners

* Bank declines to comment

NEW YORK, June 4 (Reuters) – The state of New York plans to sue HSBC Holdings Plc for ignoring a law designed to protect struggling homeowners from being thrown into foreclosure without getting a chance to renegotiate their mortgages.

The lawsuit being filed by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in Buffalo, New York, accuses HSBC of ignoring a state law that requires lenders to make a “request for judicial intervention” when they began a foreclosure action.

That process requires a settlement conference to be held within 60 days to allow homeowners to negotiate an alternative to foreclosure.

“Companies like HSBC are brazenly ignoring state law, leaving homeowners across New York stuck in a legal limbo where they can’t even get the legally required settlement conference that could help them keep their homes,” Schneiderman said in a statement.

Neal McGarity, an HSBC spokesman, declined to comment. A copy of the complaint was not immediately available.