They foreclosed my house in 2009 using a "lost note affidavit" and served me by publication.
They never sold the property in foreclosure.
Six months later they allowed me to sell the property via short sale.
Three month after the sale they filed two lawsuits against me for the deficiency with "lost note affidavits" too.
After two years fighting in court the deficiency lawsuits were dismissed.
Real Estate Attorney
Without knowing more facts and reviewing the documents, it would be difficult to see how your would prevail a suit against "one of the five big banks." You borrowed money to buy a house. You did not pay back all of the money thay you borrowed. The lawyer who could give you the best advice on remedies open to you is the one who represented you in the deficiency judgment lawsuits.
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Residential Real Estate Lawyer
You also don't mention when the lawsuits were dismissed. You might have a cause of action for fraud, but without a review of your pleadings and more facts, it is hard to determine by posting a question on a website. You will need to contact an attorney in your area that understands not only real estate and mortgage foreclosure defense, but is able and willing to challenge the banks in court, probably federal, with a fraud action.
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What are your damages that you want to sue for? If you had the deficiency suits dismissed you likely should have been able to recover your attorney's fees and costs (assuming the lost notes had a provision for the award of fees). What other losses do you claim that you think you can recover? You have to answer that before anyone can tell you if there is a theory upon which you might prevail, which at this point seems unlikely to me.