Philip R. Stein

Philip R. Stein

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Court Revives Antitrust Suit Against MasterCard, Visa, Three Banks

A federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit accusing MasterCard, Visa and three major banks of illegally fixing ATM prices to the detriment of consumers. A federal district judge had thrown out the lawsuit in 2013 after...more

8/19/2015 - American Express Anti-Competitive Anti-Steering Rules ATMs Bank of America Banking Sector Banks Debit Cards DOJ Financial Institutions JPMorgan Chase MasterCard Payment Processors Transaction Fees Visa Inc Wells Fargo

CFPB, DOJ Show Renewed Interest in Pursuing “Redlining” Cases

Evidence is mounting that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) are taking a renewed interest in investigating possible redlining—the practice of lenders charging certain groups...more

5/12/2015 - CFPB Consumer Lenders Discrimination DOJ Government Investigations Mortgage Lenders Race Discrimination Redlining

Quicken Loans Takes on the DOJ & HUD

Quicken Loans, the nation’s largest Federal Housing Administration (FHA)-backed mortgage lender, filed suit on Friday, April 17 in the United States District Court in Detroit against the United States Department of Justice...more

4/28/2015 - Consumer Lenders Counterclaims DOJ Fair Housing Act (FHA) HUD Mortgages Quicken Loans

Fraud Verdict Against Countrywide & BofA Upheld

BofA’s “hustling” attempt to overturn a $1.27 billion judgment against it and Countrywide—along with the individual defendant identified in the next paragraph, the “Defendants”—in the U.S. District Court for the Southern...more

2/24/2015 - Bank of America Countrywide DOJ Fannie Mae Fraud Freddie Mac Mortgage Loan Originators Mortgages

Huge Settlements Between S&P, Government

2015 is leaving Standard and Poor’s (S&P) quite a bit poorer. Yesterday, the major credit rating agency agreed to pay $1.375 billion to resolve lawsuits brought against it by the U.S. Department of Justice and attorney...more

2/5/2015 - CMBS Collateralized Debt Obligations DOJ Rating Agencies RMBS S&P SEC Settlement

Former JPMorgan Chase Insider Blows the Whistle

Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone recently profiled the woman JPMorgan Chase paid one of the largest fines in American history to keep from talking in his article, The $9 Billion Witness: Meet JPMorgan Chase’s Worst Nightmare....more

12/22/2014 - DOJ Enforcement Actions Former Employee JPMorgan Chase Popular Securities Fraud Whistleblowers

Editorial: Banks Can Fight Buyback Claims with a Little Help from BofA

Bank of America took a big hit when it reached a record-breaking $16.65 billion mortgage settlement with the United States Department of Justice in August. The company is likely to attempt to recoup as much of the penalty as...more

9/30/2014 - Bank of America Banks Buyback Litigation Buyback Programs DOJ JPMorgan Chase Underwriting

Citigroup Settles with DOJ for $7 Billion

Citigroup announced last week that it will pay $7 billion to end an investigation by the U.S Department of Justice into misconduct related to its mortgage securitization practices. The blockbuster settlement came days before...more

7/23/2014 - Attorney Generals Citigroup DOJ FDIC Mortgage-Backed Securities Mortgages Settlement

Justice Department Keeps its Distance From Szymoniak Mortgage Fraud Lawsuit

As detailed in an August 2013 Salon article by David Dayen and a September 2013 Bloomberg Businessweek article by Karen Weise, West Palm Beach, Florida homeowner and attorney Lynn Szymoniak helped blow the whistle on...more

4/30/2014 - DOJ Fraud Mortgages

Bank of America Foreign Exchange and Mortgage Practices Under Investigation

On Tuesday, Bank of America disclosed in its annual report with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that “government regulators” in North America, Europe and Asia are investigating its foreign exchange and...more

3/4/2014 - Bank of America Banking Sector Countrywide DOJ Foreign Exchanges RMBS SEC

JPMorgan Chase Agrees to $13 Billion Settlement with the U.S. Justice Department for Knowingly Selling Toxic Mortgage-Backed...

On Tuesday, the United States Justice Department announced that it finalized a settlement agreement with JPMorgan Chase for $13 billion. This settlement will resolve a multitude of state and federal investigations into...more

11/21/2013 - DOJ JPMorgan Chase Mortgage-Backed Securities Mortgages Settlement

BofA’s Countrywide Found Responsible For Defrauding Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac

A federal jury ruled yesterday that Countrywide, now owned by Bank of America, defrauded Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac by selling them defective mortgages in advance of the great financial crisis of 2008. A former Countrywide...more

10/25/2013 - Bank of America Compliance DOJ Fannie Mae Fraud Freddie Mac Mortgages SEC Subprime Mortgages

DOJ and SEC File Suits Against Bank of America

Stop me if you have heard something like this before. The Department of Justice announced a civil lawsuit on Tuesday alleging that Bank of America defrauded buyers of mortgage-backed securities by lying about the quality of...more

8/8/2013 - Bank of America DOJ FHFA Fraud Home Equity Mortgage-Backed Securities Mortgages SEC

DOJ Lawsuit Against S&P and McGraw Hill

Last week, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a civil suit in the Central District of California against Standard & Poor’s Financial Services (S&P) and its parent company McGraw-Hill. The suit alleges that S&P engaged in a...more

2/14/2013 - Collateralized Debt Obligations DOJ Fraud Investment Schemes McGraw Hill RMBS S&P

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