On February 7, 2012, Judge Jed Rakoff of the Southern District of New York dismissed claims against Deutsche Bank that had been brought by Dexia SA and Teachers Insurance & Annuity Association arising out of the purchase of $1.3 billion in RMBS. Judge Rakoff issued a preliminary order finding that plaintiffs’ complaint did not meet the pleading requirement that claims of fraud must be pled with particularity. In its order, the Court distinguished between claims in connection with loans sponsored Deutsche Bank, which were dismissed without prejudice, and claims in connection with loans not sponsored by Deutsche Bank, which the Court dismissed with prejudice. Judge Rakoff stated that a more formal written opinion will be forthcoming. Order.