Category Archives: consitutionality

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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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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Rakoff’s Rejection of SEC Settlement with Citi Sends Stern Message to Wall Street’s Primary Regulator

Two days after the release of one of the most scathing judicial opinions in recent memory, the importance of federal Judge Jed Rakoff’s rejection of the SEC’s $285 million settlement with Citigroup is just beginning to sink in.  In just … 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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