False Claims Act (FCA) Mortgages

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A pair of whistleblowers is seeking discovery-related sanctions against Wells Fargo for allegedly concealing “crucial evidence” for their False Claims Act claims over fees added to government-backed mortgages....more

I Meant it at the Time: Second Circuit Reverses $1.2BN FIRREA Judgment

It’s hornbook law that a later intentional breach of contract, alone, doesn’t equal promissory fraud. Holding it therefore cannot establish mail or wire fraud, the Second Circuit reversed the Government’s $1.2 Billion FIRREA...more

The TRID Rule: Impact and Consequences on the Residential Mortgage Lending Market

Introduction and Background - Residential mortgage lenders have long been required to disclose to their borrowers (i) the cost of credit to the consumer and (ii) the cost to the consumer of closing the loan transaction....more

Will the DOJ Kill FHA Loans Through Their Use of the False Claims Act?

The purpose of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) is "to help creditworthy low income and first time homebuyers, individuals and families often denied traditional credit, to obtain a mortgage and purchase a home." This...more

When Government Walks in Industry’s Shoes, FCA May Not Apply (and Vice Versa)

In November, an Illinois federal judge blocked a former bank employee from collecting his claimed relator’s share of a potential settlement between the FDIC (acting as the bank’s receiver) and the bank’s former directors. In...more

Justice Department Recovers Nearly $6 Billion From False Claims Act Cases in 2014

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) obtained a record $5.69 billion in settlements and judgments from civil cases involving fraud and false claims against the government in fiscal year 2014. This marks the first time the DOJ...more

Dodd-Frank News: April 2015: Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act Update

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was enacted as a measure to promote financial stability and protection for consumers through increased regulation of nearly every aspect of the consumer finance...more

When Being Ethical Pays Off – Countrywide Whistleblower Gets $56.7 Million Payout

A former executive at mortgage lender, Countrywide Financial, is about to become an extremely wealthy man. Edward O’Donnell is set to collect $57.6 million from Bank of America, for his role in exposing fraudulent activity...more

Former Analyst Claims Moody’s Falsely Inflated Ratings

Former Moody’s analyst, Ilya Kolchinsky, has accused the credit rating powerhouse of overstating its ratings for countless toxic mortgage-backed securities that caused the financial meltdown in 2008, misleading investors and...more

Credit Crunch Digest

This issue of the Credit Crunch Digest focuses on ongoing civil lawsuits and regulatory investigations into Libor manipulation by large banks, including the possible imposition of new criminal penalties by U.K. authorities...more

White Collar Watch

In This Issue: - Federal court unseals rare False Claims Act complaint against home mortgage servicer - Qui tam relators target – and gain access to – internal investigation on ground that attorney-client...more

Federal court unseals rare False Claims Act complaint against home mortgage servicer

In Brief - The complaint claims lender OneWest falsely certified that it made required disclosures to homeowners, leading the federal government to pay more than $200 million in false claims. - OneWest...more

Rakoff Decision Supports Feds’ Broad Application of FIRREA

On August 16, 2013, Judge Jed S. Rakoff of the Southern District of New York issued a ruling in in United States v. Countrywide Financial Corp., No. 12 Civ. 1422, that will likely be relevant to any financial institution...more

Casting a Smaller Net: Seventh Circuit Requires "Net Trebling" Under FCA – Potentially Impacting Settlement Dynamics for all...

The Seventh Circuit recently ruled that under the False Claims Act (“FCA”) treble damages should be calculated by the net amount of loss suffered by the government (after appropriate setoffs or credits are deducted) rather...more

Civil Investigative Demands, Subpoenas and More: How to Prepare for the Government's Renewed Focus on Financial Services

The U.S. government continues to ramp up investigations and enforcement actions against banks, mortgage companies and other financial services companies, including using tools such as the False Claims Act and its power to...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

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