Lenore Albert, a plaintiff's lawyer in Huntington Beach, Calif., said the consent orders federal regulators recently issued against the largest mortgage servicers gave her "another tool" to fight foreclosures.

On April 15, two days after the enforcement actions came out, Albert won a court order blocking Aurora Loan Services from holding foreclosure sales on six homes in Orange County. In their request for a restraining order, her clients claimed they were harmed by so-called dual tracking, in which Aurora began foreclosure proceedings at the same time it was evaluating the borrowers for loan modifications. The consent orders bar this practice.

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