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Federal, State Authorities Obtain Another Major RMBS Settlement

On July 14, the DOJ, the FDIC, and state authorities in California, Delaware, Illinois, Massachusetts, and New York, announced a $7 billion settlement of federal and state RMBS civil claims against a large financial...more

Citigroup Settles with DOJ for $7 Billion

Citigroup announced last week that it will pay $7 billion to end an investigation by the U.S Department of Justice into misconduct related to its mortgage securitization practices. The blockbuster settlement came days before...more

Treasury Department Announces Effort to Revive Private Label Securities Market

On June 26, the Department of the Treasury announced an effort to revive the residential mortgage-backed private label securities market to improve the overall efficiency of the U.S. housing finance system. ...more

Rating Agency Developments

On June 13, Moody’s announced that its private student loan default rate index will continue to decline. On June 13, Fitch announced that it has taken various conforming rating actions on enhanced municipal bonds and...more

Second Circuit Vacates Judge Rakoff’s Rejection of SEC Settlement: Consent Decree “Fair and Reasonable” Even Without Admission of...

D&O insurers should be mindful of a recent development in the Second Circuit that could have implications for D&O insurers. The developments stem from a key decision in the Southern District of New York in 2011. On November...more

Second Circuit’s Citigroup Decision Protects SEC’s Discretion in Settling Enforcement Cases

Wednesday’s decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in the Citigroup case is significant because it clarifies the standards for judicial review of consent decrees in SEC enforcement proceedings and...more

FHFA Director Outlines Strategic Plan

On May 13, FHFA Director Mel Watt presented a new strategic plan for the FHFA under his direction, which will focus on fulfilling the FHFA’s obligations under current law, and will shift away from efforts to position the...more

Renewed interest in Mortgage Credit Certificate programs

Section 25 of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) permits issuers of tax-exempt qualified mortgage revenue bonds to elect to issue mortgage credit certificates (MCCs) to eligible homebuyers in lieu of offering mortgages financed...more

Credit Crunch Digest -- April 2014

This issue of the Credit Crunch Digest focuses on Barclays’ settlement of two important U.K. Libor lawsuits; the reversal of a Libor-related securities action dismissal by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals; a former Tullett...more

Recently Unveiled “HOME Forward” Housing Act May Signal the End of Fannie and Freddie

Momentum in housing-finance reformation picked up speed last month as the House Financial Services Committee unveiled the proposed Housing Opportunities Move the Economy (HOME) Forward Act of 2014. The proposed HOME Forward...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

ESMA Reports on Information that Competent Authorities Should Provide to it Under the AIFMD - The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), has published a final report of technical advice for the European...more

House Financial Services Ranking Member Unveils Housing Finance Reform Alternative

On March 27, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, released draft legislation to reform the housing finance market. Congresswoman Waters also released a summary of the...more

FINRA Proposes to Amend Rule 4210

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. requested comments on amendments to Rule 4210 to establish margin requirements for To Be Announced (TBA) market transactions. The TBA market is where most agency...more

Jefferies Settles Market Crisis Failure To Supervise Actions With SEC/USAO

Registered broker-dealer Jefferies LLC resolved failure to supervise charges tied to the market crisis with the SEC and the U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut. The Commission settled with the broker in an...more

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

Bank of America’s $8.5 Billion Settlement Will Not Be Delayed by AIG

Late last month, a New York state judge denied AIG’s request to delay approval of Bank of America’s $8.5 billion settlement with private investors in connection with certain mortgage-backed securities that had soured. Bank of...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

Federal Jury Holds Radius CEO Liable for MBS Fraud

On February 6, a jury in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida found the CEO of the now-defunct Radius Capital Corp., Robert A. DiGiorgio, knowingly or recklessly made false or misleading...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - February 18, 2014

CFTC and EC Statement on Regulatory Framework - On February 12, the CFTC and the European Commission announced jointly that the two agencies have made significant progress in their collaboration on the regulatory...more

Derivative Suit Filed Against JPMorgan Alleges Culture of Risk

Adding to JPMorgan Chase’s widely publicized recent legal woes, shareholder Bradley P. Miller filed a derivative suit against the bank and its directors in California federal court on January 23, 2014, as a result of the $20...more

Federal Court Follows Recent Statute of Limitations Decision for Mortgage Buyback Claims

We recently posted about a critical ruling out of New York’s intermediate state appellate court, the case of ACE Securities Corp. v. DB Structured Products, Inc., 977 N.Y.S.2d 229, 231 (N.Y.A.D. 1st Dept. Dec. 19, 2013). In...more

Credit Crunch Digest - January 2014

This issue of the Credit Crunch Digest focuses on new fines and criminal charges in Libor-related cases; the staggering potential costs of resolving lawsuits filed by regulators against the major banks; a settlement in the...more

District Judge Reaffirms Denial of Motion to Dismiss RMBS Repurchase Suit

On January 7, Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York denied WMC’s motion to reconsider the denial of its motion to dismiss in light of the intervening New York...more

Goldman Sachs and Prudential Settle RMBS Action

On January 6, Judge Susan D. Wigenton of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey “so ordered” the parties’ stipulation of voluntary dismissal with prejudice of Prudential’s claims against Goldman Sachs...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - January 13, 2014

European Parliament Committee Publishes Opinion on Money Laundering Directive 4 - On January 7, the European Parliament published an opinion, written by its Committee on Legal Affairs (or JURI) relating to the...more

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