12/21/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Foreclosure Problems Creating 'Seismic Legal Clash' Across The Country

That clash -- expected to be played out in courtrooms across the country and scrutinized by law enforcement officials investigating possible wrongdoing by big lenders -- leaped to the forefront of the mortgage crisis this week as big lenders began lifting their freezes on foreclosures and insisted the worst was behind them.

Federal officials meeting in Washington on Wednesday indicated that a government review of the problems would not be complete until the end of the year.