“Robo-signing” has become practically a household word since news broke in September that mortgage lenders signed and approved foreclosure documents on a massive scale without verifying that they rightfully held the mortgage.

Now, foreclosures fights over robo-signing and other paperwork problems are snowballing, according to lawyers monitoring such cases. And the claims that homeowners are using in their cases are expanding, too. Older arguments involving negligence and fraud are still common, but homeowners are now employing specific state consumer protection laws and federal debt collection and anti-racketeering statutes to fight lenders.

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