Author Archives: Isaac Gradman

Massachusetts Supreme Court Hands Down Ruling in Ibanez, Invalidates Postforeclosure Assignments and Assignments in Blank


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The Massachusetts Supreme Court has issued its highly-anticipated opinion in the case of US Bank National Association v. Ibanez (and the related case of Wells Fargo Bank v. LaRace), bringing with it more bad news for the lending industry.  The … Continue reading

Posted in allocation of loss, assignment in blank, bondholder actions, chain of title, foreclosure crisis, investors, massachusetts, mortgage market, securitization, standing, Trustees, US Bank, Wells Fargo | 8 Comments

Streaming Audio of Bloomberg Radio’s Hays Advantage Segment Featuring Isaac Gradman Now Available


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On October 22, 2010, I appeared Bloomberg Radio’s “The Hays Advantage” with Kathleen Hays to discuss issues facing RMBS investors in litigation against originators and underwriters.  A number of readers have asked me if a recording of the interview was … Continue reading

Posted in Bloomberg Radio, foreclosure crisis, investors, lawsuits, media coverage, putbacks, rep and warranty, repurchase, RMBS | 1 Comment

MBIA Sampling Order Signals Shorter Path to RMBS Putbacks


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The news gets worse for Bank of America.  Not only will it have to eat massive numbers of Countrywide-originated loans, but the bank may have to complete repurchases sooner than previously thought.  Judge Eileen Bransten’s long-awaited evidentiary ruling in the … Continue reading

Posted in Allstate, BofA, bondholder actions, Countrywide, due diligence firms, investors, litigation costs, MBIA, monoline actions, quinn emanuel, rep and warranty, repurchase, RMBS, statistical sampling | 5 Comments

Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh Scores Important Early Victory in Pennsylvania Lawsuit

In the first substantive decision handed down in any of the five major lawsuits by the Federal Home Loan Banks (FHLB) over RMBS losses, the Hon. Stanton Wettick, Jr. of the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania dealt … Continue reading

Posted in Countrywide, Federal Home Loan Banks, investors, JPMorgan, lawsuits, loan files, misrespresentation, ratings agencies, remand, removability, rep and warranty, repurchase, sole remedy, toxic assets | 8 Comments

Barron’s Article Pulls No Punches in Assessing Bank Putback Liability


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If you’re looking for a great primer on the latest developments in the legal saga over who will ultimately bear the losses for the detritus that passed as subprime and Alt-A mortgage loans from 2004 to 2007, check out this … Continue reading

Posted in allocation of loss, Barron's, Clayton Holdings, Lehman Brothers, loan files, private label MBS, rep and warranty, repurchase, responsibility, stated income, too big to fail, underwriting practices | 2 Comments