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Steven J. Baum lawfirm to close

A company connected with a disgraced mortgage foreclosure law firm has announced it will be closing, putting about 600 people out of work.

Steven J. Baum announced last week that he was closing his law firm, after Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac discontinued doing business with them. That is affecting about 90 full and part time employees in Amherst and Long Island.

Pillar Processing, which did most of the non-legal work associated with the foreclosures, said Wednesday it will lay off 590 Amherst employees, and another 20 on Long Island, probably as of next February 27th.

The troubles for the law firm started when a Halloween party video surfaced showing employees portraying foreclosure subjects as homeless people.

Mark Wozniak, WBFO's local All Things Considered host, has been at WBFO since mid-1978.