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California man dies in court, Wells Fargo sued for wrongful death

When a large company makes a mistake in California, they sometimes avoid admitting the error. This can be frustrating, stressful and time consuming for the customer who was wronged. Occasionally, this extreme stress can lead to health issues or even death. When this occurs, the company may face a court battle.

Wells Fargo is being sued for the wrongful death of a 62-year-old California man. The man was a disabled veteran who suffered from a rare disorder known as Budd-Chiari syndrome. He was notified by the bank in January 2009 that he owed $13,361 in property taxes. In the coming months his mortgage was nearly doubled the bank eventually foreclosed upon his home. 

LA Weekly conducted an investigation into this matter and reported that the bank made a simple number error. As a result, the man was mistaken for his neighbor and asked to pay large sums of money that he did not owe. When he was initially asked to pay the late property taxes, he was actually six months ahead on his payments. A Wells Fargo attorney acknowledged the error but the bank continued to ask him to pay various fees and eventually a lump sum totaling $337,250.40.  The man spent the last years of his life trying to rectify this mistake; he died during a court hearing with Wells Fargo.

A wrongful death lawsuit can help ease the financial burden that comes with the loss of a loved one. If you have lost a family member due to the negligence of another person or company, you may be entitled to compensation. A lawyer may be able to help. 

Source: rt.com, “Wells Fargo sued on claims it wrongfully litigated California man to death,” Shannon Stapleton, May 15, 2013

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