01/08/2012 10:17 am ET

Mortgage Servicing Horror Stories Piling Up Across Country

THE authorities have fallen silent lately about a possible settlement over foreclosure abuses at big mortgage servicing companies.

The talks began in earnest last March, and people keep whispering that a deal is nigh. But last week, a spokesman for Shaun Donovan, the secretary of Housing and Urban Development and a lead negotiator, said that there was nothing new to report.

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