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The CSI star is now fighting back with a lawsuit whose plot veers uncomfortably close to a television court room drama. But drama and conspiracy theories aside, the lawsuit just might save his home from a foreclosure auction.
Dourdan's complaint, filed in LA Superior Court, alleges the bank was slow in responding to his request for mortgage assistance on the $922,000 loan. The complaint says the bank deliberately did not respond for 6 months, allowing his required payments would go up from $5,000 to $10,000 per month.
The compliant alleges that the whole thing was a predetermined scheme by the bank to milk the plaintiff for as much money as possible before foreclosing on the property. He says these troubles on the home front caused problems in his work, and he got laid off in Jan 2010.
The actor is now seeking compensation for all this, plus punitive damages and legal fees. He further wants the court to put a stop to the foreclosure auction proceedings while this case is in progress.
If you leave out the "predetermined" part, Dourdan's story is virtually the same as millions of others who have had their homes foreclosed since 2007 because lenders couldn't be bothered to offer a loan modification in time to save an underwater or distressed home owner. Had property values been the same as before the recession, neither Dourdan nor any of the millions who lost their homes would have even received a foreclosure notice.
The federal government did step in to close the gate with the Making Home Affordable (MHA) program. Also, as Dourdan notes in his complaint, many states like California have their own laws under which lenders necessarily have to offer mortgage assistance when requested.