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The Government Giveth and It Taketh Away: The Significance of the Game Changing FHFA Lawsuits


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It is no stretch to say that Friday, September 2 was the most significant day for mortgage crisis litigation since the onset of the crisis in 2007.  That Friday, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), as conservator for Fannie Mae … Continue reading

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Pfaelzer Dismissal of Bank of America from Countrywide Suit Throws Investors for a Loop


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Is Bank of America on the hook for Countrywide’s liabilities for defective loans?  Depends on which judge you ask. With the recent decision by Judge Mariana Pfaelzer to dismiss BofA as a defendant in the case of Maine State Retirement … Continue reading

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Desperate to Stem Tide of the Credit Crisis, Fed and Treasury Propose What Could Be Largest Bailout in U.S. History. How Far Will the Fed Go?


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In another desperate move to inject liquidity into the marketplace, the heads of the Fed and the Treasury began discussions with Congress late yesterday on legislation that would allow the Government to purchase hundreds of billions of dollars of depressed … Continue reading

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Indiana Piles On


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Indiana Attorney General Steve Carter has brought a lawsuit against Countrywide Financial Corp., making it the latest of a half dozen states going after the nation’s former number one mortgage lender for improper lending practices (see Reuters article here). This … Continue reading

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Countrywide Sued by New Mexico Pension and Investment Funds


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The Chicago Times reports that Countrywide has been sued on behalf of New Mexico’s state Investment Council, the Educational Retirement Board and the Public Employees Retirement Association for both conning homeowners into mortgages they could not afford and duping investors … Continue reading

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