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Credit Crunch Digest - January 2014

This issue of the Credit Crunch Digest focuses on new fines and criminal charges in Libor-related cases; the staggering potential costs of resolving lawsuits filed by regulators against the major banks; a settlement in the...more

Federal, State Authorities Announce Largest RMBS Settlement To Date

On November 19, the DOJ, other federal authorities, and state authorities in California, Delaware, Illinois, and Massachusetts, announced a $13 billion settlement of federal and state RMBS civil claims, which were being...more

First JPMorgan -- Now Rabobank Versus The United States: Taking One For The Team?

2013 marks the five-year anniversary of the financial crisis of 2008. I noted in January that this would play a significant role in white-collar enforcement and regulation in 2013, forcing the government either to act or to...more

Statement From A.G. Schneiderman Regarding The National Mortgage Settlement Monitor's Finding That Wells Fargo Failed To Comply...

NEW YORK – National Mortgage Settlement Monitor Joseph A. Smith, Jr. released a progress report evaluating the compliance of Ally Financial/GMAC, Bank of America, Citi, JP Morgan Chase and Wells Fargo with the mortgage...more

Congresswoman Maxine Waters Letter to the Federal Reserve and the OCC Calling for an Investigation of Mortgage Servicers Who...

Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, sent a letter to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve (Fed) asking them...more

Congresswoman Maxine Waters Letter to SIGTARP Calling for an Investigation of Mortgage Servicers Who Benefitted by Misleading...

Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, sent a letter to Christy L. Romero, Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP), calling for an...more

Sentencing Panel Amends Guidelines for Mortgage Fraud

Responding to a requirement in the Dodd-Frank Act that it review, and if appropriate, amend, the federal sentencing guidelines for mortgage fraud, the U.S. Sentencing Commission set forth on April 13, 2012, two new provisions...more

The SAR catches a RAT

Can a SAR catch a RAT? In its just released review of Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) trends, tips, and issues, FinCEN included a brief, but illustrative statement about how a SAR filing eventually led to an indictment...more

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