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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

Court Denies BofA’s Motion to Reconsider Use of FHFA Documents Produced in Other RMBS Litigation

On February 14, Judge Denise Cote of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York denied Bank of America’s request to reconsider the court’s earlier order disallowing use of documents produced by...more

Credit Crunch Digest - December 2013

This issue of the Credit Crunch Digest focuses on recent developments in Libor-related cases; Credit Suisse’s challenge to the New York Attorney General’s mortgage-backed securities case; Bank of America’s settlement in a...more

Credit Crunch Digest -- November 2013

This issue of the Credit Crunch Digest focuses on new Libor cases filed against major banks and an update regarding two U.K. Libor cases; a jury verdict against Bank of America in connection with conduct by Countrywide;...more

Credit Crunch Digest -- October 2013

This issue of the Credit Crunch Digest focuses on the indictment of former ICAP employees for rate fixing of the yen Libor; a new lawsuit filed against global banks for their involvement in Libor manipulation schemes; a...more

Arkansas Teacher Ret. Sys. v. Countrywide Fin. Corp., No. 14, 2013 (Del. Sept. 10, 2013)

In this en banc decision, the Delaware Supreme Court answered a certified question of law from the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The certified question was whether, under the “fraud exception” to...more

Business Litigation Report -- June 2013

In This Issue: - Three Landmark Decisions for Insurers and RMBS Investors - Shedding Light on a Bankruptcy Safe Harbor: Defining the Reach of Section 546(e) - Practice Area Updates: ..Patent...more

Credit Crunch Digest -- May 2013

This issue of the Credit Crunch Digest focuses on recent developments in alleged Libor rate manipulation litigation; settlements in two mortgage-backed securities lawsuits; potential actions by state attorney generals...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review - June 3, 2013

In This Issue: CFPB Final Rule Amendments to Ability to Repay and QM Rule; Extension of Loan Modification Programs; Freddie Mac $1 Billion Performing Modified Loan Securitization; FinCEN Guidance on Virtual Currency...more

Federal Court Dismisses United States Action Against Countrywide In Part

On May 8, Judge Jed Rakoff of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed claims by the United States for damages and civil penalties under the False Claims Act against Countrywide and...more

Where There’s Smoke, There’s FIRREA

Few can ignite a legal firestorm like U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff of the Southern District of New York. Last week, in a mortgage fraud suit against Bank of America and Countrywide, Judge Rakoff refused to dismiss a novel...more

Federal Judge Dismisses FDIC’s Securities Fraud Claims Against Countrywide

On April 8, U.S. District Judge Mariana R. Pfaelzer of the Central District of California dismissed the FDIC’s suit against Countrywide. FDIC, as the receiver for Colonial Bank, filed suit against Countrywide and Bank of...more

$193 Million RMBS Suit Against Countrywide Dismissed as Untimely

On January 10, Judge Mariana R. Pfaelzer of the United States District Court for the Central District of California dismissed a $193 million suit brought by mutual fund Asset Management Fund against several Bank of America...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - January 14, 2013

In This Issue: - Financial Industry Developments •CFPB Rules on Ability-to-Repay and Qualified Mortgages •Independent Foreclosure Review Settlement •CFPB Final Rules on High-Cost Mortgages •Rating Agency...more

Bank of America and Fannie Mae Reach $10 Billion Settlement Agreement

Bank of America announced on January 7 that it would pay $3.6 billion to Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) and repurchase for $6.75 billion certain residential mortgage loans sold to Fannie Mae....more

Federal Court Narrows FDIC Lawsuit Against Countrywide

On January 3, Judge Mariana R. Pfaelzer of the Central District of California ruled on motions to dismiss filed by defendants Countrywide, Bank of America, and UBS in an action brought against them by the Federal Deposit...more

Mortgage Foreclosure Settlement

We have long been skeptical of most loan “repurchase” or “indemnification” demands made by big banks against the third-party originators (i.e., correspondent lenders) who sold those loans to the big banks many years ago....more

Court Dismisses In Part RMBS Suit Against Countrywide, Dismissed In Entirety Against Bank of America

On December 6, Judge Mariana Pfaelzer of the United States District Court for the Central District of California dismissed in part claims brought by several insurance companies, including Minnesota Life Insurance Company, in...more

U.S. Sues Bank of America for Alleged Mortgage Fraud Against GSEs

On October 24, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York filed suit against Bank of America and Countrywide seeking damages for over $1 billion in alleged losses suffered by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac....more

Weekly Brief: BoA Sued; SCOTUS Shortlists; Fund Fights Argentina [Video]

Oct. 25 (Bloomberg Law) -- Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia runs through the week's most important legal news. Bank of America was sued by the federal government for over $1 billion in damages on claims that the bank defrauded...more

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