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BREAKING: BoNY-BofA Settlement to Return to State Court After Second Circuit Reverses Pauley

Some rare good news for Bank of America: the Second Circuit just reversed the ruling of District Court Judge William Pauley in the highly-publicized $8.5 billion settlement between BofA, Bank of New York (BoNY), and Kathy Patrick’s institutional investors over … Continue reading

Posted in appeals, Attorneys General, Bank of New York, banks, BofA, bondholder actions, CAFA, class actions, contract rights, discovery, fiduciary duties, global settlement, investors, Judicial Opinions, jurisdiction, lawsuits, liabilities, litigation, MBS, pooling agreements, private label MBS, procedural hurdles, putbacks, remand, removability, rep and warranty, repurchase, RMBS, securities, securitization, settlements, Trustees | 3 Comments

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

Posted in Bank of New York, banks, BofA, bondholder actions, class actions, conflicts of interest, contract rights, Countrywide, damages, fiduciary duties, global settlement, Grais and Ellsworth, Greenwich Financial Services, investors, lawsuits, litigation, loss estimates, MBS, pooling agreements, private label MBS, putbacks, remand, removability, repurchase, RMBS, securities, securities laws, securitization, settlements, The Subprime Shakeout, Trustees, Uncategorized, William Frey | 4 Comments

New York AG Schneiderman Comes out Swinging at BofA, BoNY


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This is big.  Though we’ve seen leading indicators over the last few weeks that New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman might get involved in the proposed Bank of America settlement over Countrywide bonds, few expected a response that might dynamite … Continue reading

Posted in Attorneys General, bad faith, Bank of New York, banks, BofA, chain of title, conflicts of interest, contract rights, Countrywide, discovery, fiduciary duties, global settlement, improper documentation, investigations, investors, litigation, loan files, LPS, MBS, mortgage fraud, private label MBS, RMBS, robo-signers, servicer defaults, servicers, settlements, standing, successor liability, Trustees, Uncategorized, underwriting practices, Wall St. | 11 Comments

$8.5 Billion BofA Settlement of Countrywide Trusts Raises Questions for Investors on Sidelines


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As more details emerge about Bank of America’s proposed $8.5 billion settlement with Kathy Patrick’s bondholder group and Bank of New York Mellon (“BoNY”) as Trustee, the deal looks even worse for Countrywide RMBS investors.  Now, it is apparent that … Continue reading

Posted in allocation of loss, Bank of New York, banks, BlackRock, BofA, bondholder actions, chain of title, conflicts of interest, contract rights, Countrywide, damages, Federal Home Loan Banks, Federal Reserve, fiduciary duties, Freddie Mac, global settlement, Goldman Sachs, improper documentation, incentives, investors, irresponsible lending, Kathy Patrick, lawsuits, lenders, lending guidelines, liabilities, litigation, litigation costs, loss causation, loss estimates, MBS, MetLife, PIMCO, pooling agreements, private label MBS, procedural hurdles, putbacks, re-underwriting, rep and warranty, repurchase, responsibility, RMBS, securities, securitization, sellers and sponsors, settlements, standing, subprime, successor liability, The Subprime Shakeout, TIAA-CREF, Trustees, underwriting practices, valuation, waiver of rights to sue, William Frey | 17 Comments

FDIC Sues LPS and CoreLogic Over Appraisal Fraud; Shows Investors Leaving Money on the Table

In another sign that the Federal Government is turning its focus towards prosecuting the securitization players who may have contributed to the Mortgage Crisis, the FDIC filed separate lawsuits against LSI Appraisal (available here) and CoreLogic (available here) earlier this … Continue reading

Posted in allocation of loss, appraisals, causes of the crisis, Complaints, conflicts of interest, CoreLogic, FDIC, Federal Home Loan Banks, fiduciary duties, irresponsible lending, lawsuits, liabilities, loan files, loss causation, LPS, private label MBS, re-underwriting, rep and warranty, RMBS, statistical sampling, subprime, successor liability, underwriting practices, valuation, WaMu | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments