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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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RMBS Legal Roundup: The Top Five Developments You Might Have Missed While Obsessing Over the BoNY/BofA Settlement


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With interesting developments occurring almost daily in the proposed Bofa/Countrywide settlement with Bank of New York, it has been hard to focus on anything else.  Indeed, since the last time I posted on the settlement (discussing New York AG Eric … 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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New York Judge Tosses Greenwich Suit Against Countrywide Over Loan Modifications For Failure To Follow PSA Procedure


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In a ruling dated October 7, 2010, New York County Supreme Court Judge Barbara R. Kapnick tossed out Greenwich Financial’s lawsuit against Countrywide.  The suit sought a declaratory judgment that Countrywide had to repurchase any loans that it modified pursuant … 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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