September 26, 2012
No Duty To Report "Robosigner"
A recent judicial ethics opinion from Massachusetts holds that a judge is not obligated to report a "robosigner" to bar authorities:
It is also noted that at this time, unlike at least one other
jurisdiction, Massachusetts has not made robo-signing itself improper.
Cf. Administrative Order, Chief Administrative Judge of the Courts of
New York, AO/431/11, available at http://www.nycourts.gov/attorneys/pdfs/AdminOrder_2010_10_20.pdf
(in residential foreclosure actions, requiring lawyers to submit an
affidavit that the lawyer "has communicated with the following
representative or representatives of the Plaintiff, who informed me that
he/she/they (a) personally reviewed plaintiff's documents and records
relating to this case for factual accuracy; and (b) confirmed the
factual accuracy of the allegations set forth in the Complaint and any
supporting affidavits or affirmations filed with the court, as well as
the accuracy of the notarizations contained in the supporting documents
In this case, mere knowledge that a lawyer is on a list of robo-signers alone is not sufficient to know that the lawyer has submitted false documents. Under these facts there is no mandatory duty to report under 3D(2).
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