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Big Payout Rings Bank of America Fraud Trial

Money, not morality, is the principle commerce of civilized nations. - Thomas Jefferson - Edward O'Donnell, a former executive at Countrywide Financial, Inc., may collect up to $1.6 million under an almost forgotten...more

Credit Crunch Digest - February 2014

This issue of the Credit Crunch Digest focuses on developments in a major Barclays Libor-related case; a multibillion-dollar Bank of America settlement with mortgage securities investors; Morgan Stanley’s settlement with the...more

BofA $1.4 Billion Settlement Talks with Freddie Mac

Bank of America and Freddie Mac are currently attempting to resolve a mortgage repurchase dispute in which Freddie Mac claims that Bank of America should have to buy back more than $1.4 billion in mortgage loans it claims...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

BofA’s Countrywide Found Responsible For Defrauding Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac

A federal jury ruled yesterday that Countrywide, now owned by Bank of America, defrauded Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac by selling them defective mortgages in advance of the great financial crisis of 2008. A former Countrywide...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

Bank of America Fraud Case Headed to Trial

An order yesterday by U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff in New York clears the way for a trial on September 23 in a government lawsuit accusing Bank of America Corp. of fraud in the sale of billions of dollars of toxic mortgage...more

SEC and DOJ File Parallel Civil Suits Alleging BofA Defrauded RMBS Investors

On August 6, the SEC and the U.S. Department of Justice filed parallel civil suits against several Bank of America affiliates, alleging that the bank defrauded investors in connection with its packaging and sale of US$850...more

DOJ and SEC File Suits Against Bank of America

Stop me if you have heard something like this before. The Department of Justice announced a civil lawsuit on Tuesday alleging that Bank of America defrauded buyers of mortgage-backed securities by lying about the quality of...more

Whistleblowing with The False Claims Act

The top 30 False Claims Act settlements of 2012 totaled $9,094,474,000. Initiated by whistleblowers, the top three settlements involved $3 billion from GlaxoSmithKline for illegal marketing of prescription drugs, $1.5 billion...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - April 22, 2013

Second Circuit Rejects Edge Act Jurisdiction in AIG RMBS Case - On April 19, the Second Circuit ruled that a lawsuit brought by American International Group (AIG) against several Bank of America entities involving...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review - March 4, 2013

In This Issue: *Financial Industry Developments - Amendments to Fed and OCC Foreclosure Consent Orders - Fed Proposed Rule on Systemically Important Financial Market Utilities - Rating Agency...more

California Supreme Court Eases Admissibility of Oral Statements in Contract Fraud Disputes

California, like most jurisdictions, prohibits parties to integrated contracts from introducing “parol evidence” — this is, evidence of prior written or verbal agreements made by a party to a contract — if those alleged...more

Credit Crunch Digest -- January 2013

This issue of the Credit Crunch Digest focuses on a potential imminent regulatory settlement involving Royal Bank of Scotland’s role in alleged Libor manipulation; the profits obtained by Deutsche Bank for its investments in...more

False Claims Act Focus - December 2012

EDITOR’S NOTE - Recent reports from the Department of Justice that it collected a record $4.9 billion under the False Claims Act in fiscal year 2012 only underscore what we’ve been seeing in our practice and elsewhere...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

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