There's not much satisfaction for Martha Rodash in her world. She's a sick woman. She is crippled by multiple sclerosis and blind. Her daughter, Nadia, must feed her.

But the Argentina-born immigranthas a place in mortgage history. This wheelchair-bound woman, who wants only to be able to work again, has mothered one of the most significant legal threats ever faced by home lenders. The precedent set by her victory is supporting a wave of class actions that could debilitate lenders nationwide.

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