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Main Street Cashes $3.1 Billion in Checks from Wall Street

With the mortgage crisis almost a decade in the rear-view mirror, some harmed homeowners are just now starting to see reparations for the transgressions of the country’s largest financial institutions. ...more

7/17/2014 - Bank of America Banks Citigroup Foreclosure Goldman Sachs JPMorgan Chase Morgan Stanley Mortgages OCC Robo-Signing Settlement Wall Street Wells Fargo

Robo-Signing Still Making Headlines As Wells Fargo Settles Another Lawsuit

“Robo-signing,” the term coined to refer to bank officials who quickly approved mortgage foreclosure documents without actual knowledge of the validity of the grounds for foreclosure, has been spurring lawsuits and making...more

6/3/2014 - Banks Foreclosure Mortgages Popular Robo-Signing Settlement Signatures Wells Fargo

Aurora Resolves Mortgage Modification Class-Action Lawsuit for $5.3 Million

A former goliath of the non-prime lending market, Aurora Loan Services, LLC (“ALS”), recently resolved a class-action lawsuit alleging that it fraudulently induced distressed California borrowers to enter into purported...more

5/29/2014 - Aurora Banks Class Action Fraud Fraudulent Inducement Loan Modifications Mortgages

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

First Horizon Reaches Mortgage Loan Settlement With Freddie Mac

There is now yet another settlement in the mortgage loan industry to report. First Horizon National Corp. announced last week that it has entered into a definitive resolution agreement with Freddie Mac regarding loan...more

3/4/2014 - First Horizon National Corporation Freddie Mac Mortgages Settlement

Federal Court Follows Recent Statute of Limitations Decision for Mortgage Buyback Claims

We recently posted about a critical ruling out of New York’s intermediate state appellate court, the case of ACE Securities Corp. v. DB Structured Products, Inc., 977 N.Y.S.2d 229, 231 (N.Y.A.D. 1st Dept. Dec. 19, 2013). In...more

2/3/2014 - Buyback Programs Mortgage Loan Originators Mortgage Loan Servicing Standards Mortgage-Backed Securities Mortgages Statute of Limitations

Mortgage Crisis Penalty for the Real Wolves of Wall Street Could Top $50 Billion

The real wolves of Wall Street–sixteen of America’s largest banks–could end up shelling out more than $50 billion to secure settlements from the federal government in connection with their alleged roles in the mortgage...more

1/17/2014 - Banks Economic Downturn Financial Crimes Mortgages Settlement Wall Street

NY Appellate Court Reverses Decision on Statute of Limitations for Mortgage Buyback Claims

On December 19, 2013, correspondent lenders were the beneficiaries of a long-awaited common sense ruling on when the statute of limitations begins to run under New York law for purposes of a mortgage buyback claim. The...more

12/24/2013 - Buyback Programs Data Breach Plans Lenders Misrepresentation Mortgages Putback Claims Real Estate Market Repurchases Statute of Limitations Tolling

CFPB Sues Mortgage Insurer Over Illegal Kickback Scheme

It looks like yet another illegal kickback scheme involving mortgage insurance has been uncovered in the residential mortgage industry. Recently the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) filed a lawsuit in the U.S....more

12/17/2013 - CFPB Insurers Kickbacks Mortgage Loan Originators Mortgages Republic Mortgage Insurance Company

Bank of America and Freddie Mac Settle Mortgage Loan Claims

Add yet another major settlement to the still-growing list of huge payouts by the nation’s largest banks to settle claims over toxic mortgage-backed securities. Bank of America has now agreed to pay $404 million to Freddie...more

12/6/2013 - Bank of America FHFA Freddie Mac Mortgage-Backed Securities Mortgages

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

Wells Fargo Settles Mortgage Claims With FHFA For Close To $1 Billion

Add another mega-settlement to the rapidly growing list of huge payouts by the nation’s largest banks to federal agencies. Wells Fargo reportedly has now agreed to pay the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), which oversees...more

11/5/2013 - Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac Mortgages Settlement Wells Fargo

FHFA’s $5.1 Billion Settlements With J.P. Morgan Chase

On October 25, 2013, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (“FHFA”), as conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, announced that it will receive settlement payments of $5.1 billion with J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. in connection...more

10/29/2013 - Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac 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

Housing Market Largely Escapes Damage From Government Shutdown, For Now

The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight on September 30th as the Congress failed to pass a bill to continue funding the government. The repercussions are many, including preventing 800,000 Americans from...more

10/3/2013 - Fannie Mae FEMA FHA Freddie Mac Government Shutdown Housing Market IRS Mortgages USDA

A Time for Reflection: the Fifth Anniversary of Lehman Brothers’ Collapse

Sunday, September 15, 2013, marked the fifth anniversary of Lehman Brothers’ bankruptcy, the largest in U.S. history. It is widely believed that Lehman’s meltdown set off a domino effect that led to the global financial...more

9/19/2013 - Commercial Bankruptcy Economic Downturn Fannie Mae Freddie Mac Housing Market Lehman Brothers Mortgages

Mortgage Servicing System Still Riddled With Problems According To Financial Watchdog

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”), the financial watchdog agency created following the 2008 financial crisis to protect consumers from unfair, deceptive, and abusive practices in the financial products and...more

8/29/2013 - CFPB Dodd-Frank Mortgage Loan Servicing Standards Mortgages UDAAP

Bank of America Fraud Case Headed to Trial

An order yesterday by U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff in New York clears the way for a trial on September 23 in a government lawsuit accusing Bank of America Corp. of fraud in the sale of billions of dollars of toxic mortgage...more

8/28/2013 - Bad Debt Bank of America Fannie Mae Fraud Freddie Mac Mortgages Trials

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

$2.8 Million First NLC Settlement

Fall-out from the subprime and Alt-A mortgage crisis continued recently with court approval of a multi-million dollar settlement of a lawsuit filed against former top officers of what had been one of the country’s leading...more

8/1/2013 - Corporate Officers Fiduciary Duty First NLC Financial Services Gross Negligence Mortgages Subprime Mortgages

$2.8 Million First NLC Settlement

Fall-out from the subprime and Alt-A mortgage crisis continued recently with court approval of a multi-million dollar settlement of a lawsuit filed against former top officers of what had been one of the country’s leading...more

8/1/2013 - Commercial Bankruptcy Corporate Officers Fiduciary Duty First NLC Financial Services Lenders Mortgages Settlement Subprime Mortgages

Questions Swirl About Implications of Bernanke Comments for Housing

While mortgage interest rates have repeatedly hit new lows over the past few years helping to spur a recovery in the housing sector, recent comments by Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke could signal that those days are coming...more

6/27/2013 - Ben Bernanke Housing Market Interest Rates Mortgages

Federal Judges Refuse to Permit “Shotgun” Style Mortgage-Buyback Lawsuits Filed by Lehman Brothers

Earlier this year, a United States District Court judge for the Southern District of Florida (Judge James Lawrence King) severed and dismissed 7 out of 8 mortgage repurchase claims filed by Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc....more

5/26/2013 - Buyback Programs Dismissals Lehman Brothers Mortgages Motion to Consolidate Repurchases

Bank of America Settles Class Action Brought By Mortgage Investors

Bank of America has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by investors who claimed they were misled by its Countrywide unit into buying risky mortgage securities. Bank of America acquired Countrywide Financial, a...more

4/22/2013 - Bank of America Class Action Investors Mortgages Settlement

Big Banks Fail 2012 Fannie Mae Star Program

According to a report released Tuesday by Fannie Mae, the big banks who love to act like “injured innocents” when it comes to making mortgage repurchase and indemnification demands on loan originators had their own...more

4/12/2013 - Bank of America Citigroup Fannie Mae Indemnification JPMorgan Chase Mortgage Loan Originators Mortgages Repurchases Settlement

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