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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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Details of Greenwich v. Countrywide Emerge


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An article published on Monday in Business Week (available here) sheds some additional light on the lawsuit filed by Hedge Fund Greenwich Financial Services against Countrywide challenging its agreement to conduct large-scale loan modifications (previously discussed here, here, and here). … Continue reading

Posted in BofA, contract rights, costs of the crisis, Countrywide, Greenwich Financial Services, lawsuits, litigation, loan modifications, Ocwen, securitization, stability, subprime, William Frey, workouts | 3 Comments

BofA Settles Countrywide Suits with State Attorneys General for $8.68 billion. Deal Said to Provide Homeowners with More Relief than Federal Bailout


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On October 6, California Attorney General Jerry Brown (pictured at left) announced that Bank of America, parent of Countrywide Financial Corp., had agreed to pay $8.68 billion to modify the home loans of over 400,000 homeowners in a negotiated settlement … Continue reading

Posted in Attorneys General, bailout, banks, BofA, borrower fraud, Countrywide, Government bailout, homeowner relief, Jerry Brown, lawsuits, legislation, liquidity, predatory lending, stability | 4 Comments

Fed Takeover of Freddie and Fannie May Provide Temporary Stability, But Is it Just a Band-Aid?


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By now, most have heard the news that the Federal Government stepped in on Sunday to exercise the authority granted to it by Congress in July to bail out government sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. The major … Continue reading

Posted in broader credit crisis, causes of the crisis, education, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, legislation, lenders, liquidity, mortgage market, securitization, stability, subprime, takeover | 1 Comment