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Morgan Stanley Reaches Agreement to End DOJ Investigation into MBS Deals

On February 25, 2015, Morgan Stanley announced that it reached an agreement in principle with the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Califoirnia, Civil...more

Rating Agency Developments

On February 18, DBRS released its methodology for assessing RMBS servicing advance transactions. On February 16, Fitch released its criteria for assessing covered bonds of European public entities....more

Goldman Sachs Settles RMBS Suit

On February 6, 2015, plaintiffs Union Central Life Insurance, Ameritas Life Insurance, and Acacia Life Insurance filed a letter with the court stating that they had reached an agreement with Goldman Sachs to settle claims...more

RMBS Fraud Claims Against Bank of America Dismissed

On February 6, 2015, Judge Stanley Chesler of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey granted in part and denied in part Bank of America’s motions to dismiss two related cases filed against it by...more

Large Global Bank Settles Legacy Claims Surrounding Mortgage-Backed Securities

On February 2, a major bank agreed to a $500 million settlement to resolve years of litigation surrounding the sale of mortgage securities by Bear Stearns, which the company acquired. In re: Bear Stearns Mortgage Pass-Through...more

S&P Settles RMBS Lawsuits for $1.375 Billion

On February 2, Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services settled claims brought by the Department of Justice, 19 states and the District of Columbia related to credit ratings it issued and maintained for RMBS and CDOs before the...more

Glass Lewis Enhances its Pay-for-Performance and Equity Plan Models

Glass Lewis, a leading proxy advisory firm, recently announced enhancements to the performance metrics used in both its US and Canadian pay-for-performance (PFP) models and its US equity plan model. The current Glass Lewis...more

JP Morgan Settles RMBS Lawsuit for $500 Million

On February 1, JP Morgan Chase & Co. settled federal securities claims brought by investors led by the Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi and the New Jersey Carpenters Health Fund related to Bear Stearns’ sale...more

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

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

CFTC Issues No-Action Relief to Certain Introducing Brokers - On January 23, 2015 the CFTC Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight issued no-action relief to certain introducing brokers (IBs) with respect to...more

Quarterly Investment Update – 4th Quarter 2014

Welcome 2015! We are coming off a solid economic performance in 2014 marked by improvements in hiring, wages and corporate investments. It has been a magnificent year for both the stock and bond markets, even with a...more

S.D.N.Y. Rejects “Pervasive Breach” Claim and Issues Numerous RMBS Rulings In Deciding Trusts’ and Issuer’s Motions for Summary...

On January 9, 2015, in a series of rulings, Judge P. Kevin Castel of the United States Court for the Southern District of New York granted in part and denied in part motions for partial summary judgment brought by three MASTR...more

Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco Settles RMBS Claims Against Banks

On January 15, 2015, the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco (FHLB) agreed to a $459 million settlement with various banks stemming from the sales of billions of dollars of RMBS. FHLB originally filed the claims in the...more

The Risk Retention Rules: A Victory for Securitizations Involving Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities?

When Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Act, it mandated the creation of risk retention rules in an effort to align the incentives of sponsors of asset-backed securities (ABS) with the interests of investors and to improve the...more

CMBS – it’s time to dance to the beat!

During the European Autumn CREFC conference, a panel of leading CMBS participants were posed the question of whether European CMBS was stuck at the bar while the market danced. The general consensus of the panel was that...more

Update on state AGs/regulator lawsuits using Dodd-Frank authority

Below is an update on the lawsuits we have been following that state attorneys general and a state regulator have brought using their Dodd-Frank enforcement authority. Under Dodd-Frank Section 1042, a state AG or regulator is...more

Second Circuit Notes Split with Ninth Circuit Over Whether Failure to Make Adequate Disclosures Under Item 303 of Regulation S-K...

In Stratte-McClure v. Morgan Stanley, No. 13-0627-cv, 2015 WL 136213 (2d Cir. Jan. 12, 2015), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of securities fraud claims against Morgan Stanley...more

SEC & AGs Fine & Suspended S&P for MBS Rating Violations

The SEC and the Attorneys General of New York and Massachusetts this week fined Standard & Poor’s almost $77 million, suspended S&P from conduit-fusion CMBS ratings work for a year and imposed other undertakings, for...more

JP Morgan Reaches Agreement in Principle to Settle Dispute Over $17.6B in MBS

On January 8, 2015, plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit against JP Morgan Chase informed the court that the parties had an agreement in principle to settle the case. The suit was initially commenced against Bear Stearns in...more

$95 Million Settlement Approved in Morgan Stanley RMBS Case

On December 18, Judge Katherine B. Forrest of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York approved a $95 million settlement to end a class action brought by RMBS investors against Morgan Stanley. ...more

NCUA Sues U.S. Bank and Bank of America for Allegedly Failing to Comply with RMBS Trustee Duties

On December 16, National Credit Union Administration filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York against U.S. Bank N.A. and Bank of America N.A., in their capacity as trustees for...more

Phoenix Light Sues Five RMBS Trustees Over $2.4 Billion in RMBS

On December 23 and 24, Phoenix Light SF Limited and other RMBS certificateholders filed suit against HSBC, Wells Fargo, Deutsche Bank, Bank of New York Mellon, U.S. Bank, and Bank of America in the United States District...more

U.S. Bank Sues Citigroup in Connection with $528 Million of RMBS

On December 22 and 23, U.S. Bank National Association, as trustee for three RMBS trusts, filed three separate summonses with notice in the Supreme Court of the State of New York. U.S. Bank alleges that Citigroup...more

Rating Agency Developments

On January 7, Fitch revised its criteria for rating U.S. Public Finance Short-Term Debt. On January 7, DBRS released its methodology for surveillance of North American CMBS. On January 6, Fitch released its global criteria...more

Second Circuit Holds RMBS-issued Certificates Are Exempt from the TIA

On December 23, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued an opinion on an issue of first impression, namely the scope of § 304(a)(2) of the Trust Indenture Act of 1939, 15 U.S.C. §§ 77aaa-77aaaa...more

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