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Monday, November 21, 2011

Steven J. Baum, P.C.: “Karma’s a Bitch”

If you believe in Karma, this has to be the feelgood story of this Holiday Season — in that meanspirited vengeful sort of way.  The law firm of Steven J. Baum, P.C. — one of those infamous foreclosure mills — had its fifteen minutes of fame this past Halloween.  All 89 of the company’s employees came to the company Halloween party dressed as foreclosure victims and homeless people.

New York Times columnist Joe Nocera wrote about it.

And now — remember kids, what goes around comes around — the firm of Steven J. Baum, P.C. is closing.  The firm has had constant battles with state and federal officials over its use of robo-signing and all the other sleazy tactics used by foreclosure mills.  Steven J. Baum’s numerous fines and warnings were presumably the main cause of the firm’s, uh, departure.

But Steven J. Baum would rather blame that mean old New York Times columnist for his bad Karma.  After announcing his firm’s closure, Steven J. Baum sent this e-mail to Joe Nocera:

“Mr. Nocera — You have destroyed everything and everyone related to Steven J. Baum PC.  It took 40 years to build this firm and three weeks to tear down.”

Aw come on, Steven, cheer up.  Next Halloween, people will be dressing up as YOU.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

What A Bunch of Sick Fucks! At first I thought the employees were protesting their Boss's cruel practices but then I see they did it as a joke. Well they deserve to close and lose their jobs.

In spite of that, I am even more shocked that our government actually did something and went after this guy. Are Big Banks next?


November 21, 2011 at 4:56 PM  
Blogger J. Marquis said...

That's a great story. Karma needs to get busy and wipe out a whole lot more assholes.

November 21, 2011 at 9:24 PM  
Anonymous Screamin' Mimi said...

Yes! Fantastic. These bastards only THOUGHT they were going to have the last laugh.

You guys enjoy being the next to lose your homes. Not quite so funny when it's YOU, right?

November 21, 2011 at 10:00 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

This is a tiny morsel of justice, so let's savor it.

As for Baum, he should thank his lucky star he's not headed to prison, where he belongs. Preying on people who've gotten the dirty end of the stick for making the mistake of wanting to buy a home instead of spending their lives paying rent and building no equity is inexcusable. IMO, it's a crime that Baum's "business" lasted 40 years.

November 22, 2011 at 12:04 AM  
Blogger Demeur said...

You just made my day Tom.

Now I have to wonder if Baum and company will be joining the drum line at an OWS meeting

November 22, 2011 at 10:26 AM  
Anonymous Jess said...

Ah, the schaden just freudes itself does it not? The frightwingers are talking about, big gubbmint taking away these people's right to free speech because Freddie and Fannie used magical powers to boycott this good law abiding firm. I swear satire is running circles around reality these days and I cannot keep up with it.

You would think those that are always going on about the invisible hand of the "free market" would know how it works.

November 22, 2011 at 11:04 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik: That law firm probably wasn't big enough to have the political clout to fight off the government, or bribe the appropriate agencies, etc. But at least that's 89 asswipes who won't be processing any more illegal foreclosures.

J: I do hope Karma is just getting warmed up.

SM: Nope, it's suddenly not funny when the shoe is on the other foot.

SW: I'm definitely savoring this tiny morsel; hope there'll be many more. I agree that Baum should be in prison.

Demeur: That news story made my day too.

Jess: I haven't seen any rightwing posts about this, or anybody sticking up for Baum. But it figures. The Right never met a corporate crook they didn't like.

November 22, 2011 at 1:37 PM  
Blogger MRMacrum said...

Sadly this firm is one of too many firms that pulled this crap. In the scheme of justice coming full circle, it is but a small turn about. But I will savor their fall anyway.

November 22, 2011 at 1:40 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

MRM: We've got to savor every little bit of karma and schadenfreude that comes our way.

November 22, 2011 at 1:45 PM  

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