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Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

ESMA Final Draft RTS for Central Clearing of Interest Rate Swaps under EMIR - On October 2, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a report containing final draft regulatory technical standards...more

Rating Agency Developments

On July 24, S&P issued a request for comment on changes to methodology and assumptions for assessing Japanese RMBS. On July 24, Fitch issued Asia-Pacific Consumer ABS ratings criteria. On July 24, Fitch issued...more

Court Denies S&P’s Motion to Dismiss State of California’s $600M Suit

On August 14, Judge Curtis E.A. Karnow of the Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco, denied Standard & Poor’s motion to dismiss a suit by the State of California....more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - July 29,2013

FHFA Statement on Freddie Mac Risk-Sharing Transaction - On July 24, the FHFA announced that Freddie Mac is nearing completion of its first risk-sharing transaction, a direct debt issuance, that will assist Freddie Mac...more

Federal Court Denies S&P’s Motion to Dismiss $5 Billion RMBS Fraud Suit

On July 16, Judge David O. Carter of the Federal District Court for the Central District of California denied Standard & Poor’s Financial Service LLC’s (S&P) motion to dismiss the U.S. government’s $5 billion fraud suit...more

Rating Agency Developments - July 24, 2013

On July 19, Moody’s issued its U.S. RMBS surveillance methodology. On July 19, DBRS released its criteria for rating guarantees and other forms of explicit support. On July 19, KBRA released its financial guaranty rating...more

Bear Stearns Liquidators Brings Fraud Action Against Rating Agencies

On July 9, the joint official liquidators of Bear Stearns & Co. Inc. filed suit against three rating agencies – Standard & Poors, Moody’s and Fitch – in New York state court over the agencies’ allegedly fraudulent investment...more

Class Action Brought Against S&P and Moody’s in Illinois State Court

On July 3, First National Bank and Trust Company of Rochelle, Illinois (FNBR) filed a putative class action lawsuit against McGraw-Hill Companies Inc., Standard and Poor’s Rating Services (S&P) and Moody’s Corp. in Illinois...more

Rating Agency Developments - July 03, 2013

On June 27, Fitch released its criteria for rating securitizations in emerging markets. On June 26, S&P released a request for comment on its proposed criteria for rating real estate companies. Comments must be submitted by...more

Rating Agency Developments - June 26, 2013

On June 20, Moody’s released its methodology for assessing tail risk in Australian RMBS transactions. On June 19, Moody’s released its U.S. RMBS surveillance methodology. On June 19, KBRA released its financial guaranty...more

Rating Agency Developments - March 19, 2013

On March 12, S&P updated its methodology for second-lien RMBS surveillance and cash flow analysis for pre-2009 originations. On March 11, Moody’s released its approach to rating RMBS using the MILAN framework. On March 11,...more

Rating Agency Developments - February 25, 2013

On February 21, Fitch published its global rating criteria for single- and multi-name credit-linked notes. On February 21, Fitch updated its criteria for solar power projects. On February 20, Fitch released a report on U.S....more

California Attorney General Brings Action Against Standard and Poor’s

On February 5, the Attorney General of California, Kamala D. Harris, filed suit in Superior Court in California against Standard & Poor’s and its parent company, the McGraw Hill Company. The Complaint alleges violations of...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review - February 19, 2013

In This Issue: - Financial Industry Developments •CFPB Implementation Plan for Mortgage Rules •FDIC Proposed Rule on Insured Deposits at Foreign Branches of U.S. Banks •CFPB Bulletin on Servicers'...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review - February 11, 2013

In This Issue: *RMBS Litigation - Assured Wins $90 Million in Damages in RMBS Breach of Contract Trial - DOJ Brings Civil Fraud Action Against S&P - S&P Seeks Declaration That Credit Ratings Are Immune...more

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

S&P Seeks Declaration That Credit Ratings Are Immune From Liability

On February 5, two Standard & Poor’s entities filed a declaratory judgment action in the Southern District of South Carolina seeking to bar the South Carolina Attorney General from suing S&P under South Carolina’s Unfair...more

DOJ Brings Civil Fraud Action Against S&P

On February 4, the Department of Justice filed a complaint in the Central District of California against two Standard & Poor’s entities in connection with credit ratings S&P provided for certain RMBS and CDOs....more

Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Class Action Against S&P Over MBS Ratings

On December 20, 2012, the Second Circuit affirmed a decision by Judge Sidney H. Stein of the Southern District of New York dismissing a putative class action suit alleging that Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services intentionally...more

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