Judge enjoins Calif. lawyers accused in bank suits

By JACOB ADELMAN | September 8, 2011 | 3:35 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles judge has issued an injunction prohibiting several lawyers, direct marketers and call center operators from trying to get desperate homeowners to pay thousands of dollars to join dubious lawsuits against big banks.

Superior Court Judge Louis Meisinger ruled this week that the assets of foreclosure attorney Philip Kramer and other defendants would remain frozen while a receiver retains stewardship over their Southern California businesses.

Orders against another lawyer accused in a civil lawsuit filed in August are being considered in a separate hearing later this month. That attorney, Mitchell Stein, filed a series of lawsuits this week in California, Florida and New York accusing California Attorney General Kamala Harris of filing the complaint at Bank of America's behest.