Category Archives: Servicer Safe Harbor

Is Foreclosure Settlement Déjà Vu All Over Again?

Today, the Attorneys General of 49 states (with Oklahoma being the lone holdout) announced a record $26 billion settlement with the nation’s five largest servicers over false and fraudulent foreclosure practices like robosigning.  That big number looks great on paper, … Continue reading

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Way Too Big to Fail Goes to Washington (Book Tour Day 3)

After a hiatus over the holidays, I return with Part IV of this five-part series on my experiences during a recent book tour to promote the release of Way Too Big to Fail: How Government and Private Industry Can Build … Continue reading

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Investor Syndicate Fires Warning Shot Across Trustee Bows


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As first reported by Reuters on Wednesday, and as further detailed by Bloomberg today, the Investor Syndicate has finally begun to emerge from the shadows and give securitization trustees a hint at what’s coming.  According to Talcott Franklin, the Dallas … Continue reading

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Countrywide Files Motion to Dismiss in Greenwich Financial Case


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With Greenwich Financial v. Countrywide having been remanded to New York state Supreme Court, Countrywide has now filed a Motion to Dismiss, arguing that Greenwich Financial’s Complaint is barred by the operative securitization agreements. As discussed in several prior posts, … Continue reading

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Article on William Frey, Countrywide and the Servicer Safe Harbor Published in Lombard Street E-Journal


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I am excited to report that FinReg21, a leading website on financial services regulation, has published a feature-length article by me, entitled Why Should Servicers Get a Safe Harbor? How One Investor’s Lawsuit Forced Bank of America to Seek Shelter … Continue reading

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