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Federal Home Loan Bank Litigation Update: MBS Cases Moving Slowly, But Steadily, Ahead for FHLBs

By Isaac Gradman and India Autry The Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) litigation against MBS underwriters, some of the first to arise out of the sale of toxic mortgage backed securities post-crisis, is progressing slowly but surely towards trial, without … Continue reading

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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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Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh Scores Important Early Victory in Pennsylvania Lawsuit

In the first substantive decision handed down in any of the five major lawsuits by the Federal Home Loan Banks (FHLB) over RMBS losses, the Hon. Stanton Wettick, Jr. of the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania dealt … Continue reading

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Latest Gatekeeper Litigation: City of San Buenaventura Sues Deloitte Over WAMU Subprime Collapse


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Following on the heels of the lawsuits against KPMG by New Century’s debtors for contributing to the collapse of the mortgage giant, accounting firm Deloitte & Touche (D&T) and the officers and directors of Washington Mutual Bank (WAMU) have been … Continue reading

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California Legislature Reaches Compromise on Subprime Reform Bill


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The L.A. Times reports that the California has reached a compromise with consumer and lending groups on a bill that would guard against some of the practices that contributed to the subprime crisis. The bill, an amended version of AB … Continue reading

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