Former “CSI” star Gary Dourdan is suing California-based Union Bank, claiming fraud and seeking an injunction against the foreclosure of his Los Angeles home after alleging bank representatives were slow in offering mortgage help, which violates state law.
Dourdan claims the violation caused his monthy payment on his $922,000 home to increase from $5,000 to $10,000, preventing him from keeping up with the payments.
The lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court claims Dourdan experienced economic hardship that “caused him to be laid off in January 2010” and his requests for mortgage assistance from Union were initially ignored despite California law requiring lenders to offer loan modifications.
Dourdan’s lawsuit states six months passed before the bank finally offered a relief package on his over $900,000 mortgage. Dourdan insists that slow action “manipulated and caused [him] to fall further behind” in his payments and compounded the situation by sending confusing mortgage statements out saying “Do not remit any payments.”
According to Dourdan’s complaint, the events were part of a “predetermined scheme” aimed at “extracting as much money as they felt they could from them,” before finally seizing the home, while breaching its contract.
In addition to requesting a court order to prevent the foreclosure of his home, Dourdan is demanding to be awarded damages as well as attorney’s fees and costs.