Philip R. Stein

Philip R. Stein

Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP

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BofA’s Inconsistent Positions

Bank of America recently moved to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Ambac Assurance Corp. in New York state court, alleging $600 million in damages for fraudulent inducement in connection with payments it made under policies...more

3/17/2015 - Ambac Financial Group Bank of America Countrywide False Statements RMBS

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

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

FHFA Announces $1.9 Billion Settlement With Deutsche Bank

On December 20, 2013, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (“FHFA”), as conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, announced that it will receive settlement payments of $1.925 billion from Deutsche Bank AG in connection with...more

12/23/2013 - Deutsche Bank Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac RMBS Settlement

Judge Limits Damages Recoverable On Repurchase Claims

In an opinion refusing to dismiss a lawsuit by several RMBS mortgage trusts in connection with $1.6 billion of mortgage loans, Judge Harold Baer, Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, held that...more

8/26/2013 - Damages Loans Repurchases RMBS

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

New Precedent that Holds Banks Responsible?

The legal press is abuzz with reports of a New York federal judge’s award of a $90.1 million judgment to mortgage insurer Assured Guaranty Corp. after a lengthy trial in its suit against Flagstar Bank FSB....more

2/11/2013 - Assured Guaranty Corp. Banks Flagstar Bank Misrepresentation Mortgage-Backed Securities RMBS

Countrywide’s Dilemma

How can Countrywide/B of A even keep a straight face when it argues that correspondent lenders need to pay it outrageous amounts of money to settle claims for actual or potential losses?...more

12/17/2012 - Countrywide Loans RMBS

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