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Investor End Games: All Is Not Well in the Garden

“As long as the roots are not severed, all is well.  And all will be well in the garden.” – Chance the Gardener, Being There (1979) With Judge Barbara Kapnick announcing earlier this month that the approval hearing in Bank … Continue reading

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BREAKING NEWS: Judge Determines BofA $8.5 bn Settlement Belongs in Federal Court


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Though Bank of America (BofA) has taken its share of lumps over the past six months, this may be the one that leaves the biggest mark.  In an opinion issued today in the Southern District of New York (available here … Continue reading

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Six Challenges to Countrywide RMBS Settlement Already; Rundown Shows Pact Will Be No Easy Sell for BofA


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The BofA settlement blowback has already begun.  If you’ve been following my recent posts (here and here) about the proposed Bank of America (“BofA”) settlement involving the Bank of New York (“BoNY”) and the Kathy Patrick-led investor group (the “Investor … Continue reading

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Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco Sues Over RMBS Losses As Investor Actions Build Steam


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One month ago, with the filing by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle of eleven lawsuits against the major Wall Street creators of residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS), I speculated that the floodgates of investor litigation may finally be swinging … Continue reading

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Grais & Ellsworth Launches ABS Investor Blog


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On Monday, New York law firm Grais & Ellsworth jumped into the legal blogosphere with a new law blog on the fallout from the subprime mortgage crisis entitled “The ABS Investor Advocate.” According to named partner David Grais, the blog’s … Continue reading

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