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Federal Courts Hold That Lenders Do Not Generally Owe Fiduciary Duties To Borrowers

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In Hagood v. Countrywide Home Loans, Inc., a borrower sued a lender for several claims, including breach of fiduciary duties. No. A-17-CA-00784-SS, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 165943 (W. D. Tex. October 6, 2017). The defendant...more

August 2017: Securities & Structured Finance Litigation Update

New York’s First Department Creates Split Authority on Inducement Claims by Guaranty Insurers, Weighs in on “Backstop” Claims in RMBS Suits. On May 16, 2017, the New York Appellate Division, First Department, issued a...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

While the Journal considers the ever-growing list of headaches for Khosrowshahi, including a new federal bribery probe over potential Uber FCPA violations....more

One Year After Ambac: Sharing Information Among Deal Parties

by WilmerHale on

On June 9, 2016, the New York Court of Appeals issued its decision in Ambac Assurance Corp. v. Countrywide Home Loans Inc. and held that the common interest doctrine protects only communications among deal parties that are...more

Debt Dialogue: May 2017 - Ambac v. Countrywide: New York’s First Department Raises the Bar for RMBS Fraud Claims by Monoline...

As litigation stemming from the U.S. subprime mortgage crisis continues, the legal framework governing the liability of participants in residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) securitizations continues to develop....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

An EU high court opinion yesterday about a trade deal with Singapore could throw yet another stumbling block in the way of Britain’s exit of the union. Read on for more on the intricacies of the EU division of competencies....more

Successors by Merger May Not be Debt Collectors

A recent decision from a Louisiana district court should provide some comfort to banks and other financial institutions who acquire other entities by merger – at least in the Fifth Circuit, they are not debt collectors. ...more

Evidence Law Litigation Update - February 2017

New York Court of Appeals Holds That the Common Interest Doctrine Applies Only to Litigation Matters. This year, in Ambac Assurance Corp. v. Countrywide Home Loans, Inc., No. 80, 2016 N.Y. Lexis 1649 (N.Y. June 9, 2016), New...more

The New York Court of Appeals Rejects Attempted Expansion of the Common Interest Exception to the Attorney Client Privilege

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Last month, the New York Court of Appeals issued a decision rejecting the attempted expansion of the common interest exception to the attorney-client privilege to include communications that did not involve pending or...more

Is Certiorari A Possibility For SLUSA Question Not Addressed By Any Federal Circuit Court?

by Allen Matkins on

In Luther v. Countrywide Financial Corp., 195 Cal. App. 4th 789 (2011), the trial court ruled that state courts do not enjoy concurrent jurisdiction when a class action meeting the definition of a “covered class action” under...more

Bank of America Wins Reversal of FIRREA $1.27B Penalty

A breach of contract is insufficient to also support a claim for fraud, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled, reversing a $1.2 billion verdict against Countrywide Home Loans in the process. What happened...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 6.27.16

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The leadership void at the top in the UK isn’t helping matters at all, as resignations among both major parties reign supreme in the aftermath of the Leave vote....more

New York and North Carolina Take a Narrow Approach to Common Interest Doctrine

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Brief Summary - The "common interest doctrine" generally protects attorney-client communications, even if such communications are disclosed to a third party, as long as the third party shares a common legal interest with...more

‘Sorry, But You Have Nothing in Common’: The New York Court of Appeals’ Recent Rejection of the ‘Common Interest Doctrine’...

by Reed Smith on

The New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, recently rejected an attempt to apply the “common interest doctrine,” an exception to the general rule that communicating privileged information to a third party...more

New York's Highest Court Reverses Appellate Division, Reaffirms Litigation Requirement for Common-Interest Privilege

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In a recent decision reversing the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, First Judicial Department, the New York Court of Appeals definitively held that the common-interest privilege may be used in New York...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 6.20.16

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Here’s a sign of the times, or at least, the changing tenor of banking in America. After years of exclusivity that saw it refusing customers with less than $10 million on hand, Goldman Sachs is opening itself up to common...more

New York’s Highest Court Refuses to Expand the Common Interest Doctrine to Merging Parties

On June 9, 2016, the New York Court of Appeals issued a stark reminder to transactional lawyers: no matter how much “common interest” two parties may have with respect to a transaction, the common interest doctrine may not...more

M&A Update: New York Court of Appeals Rejects Extension of Common Interest Privilege to Merger Talks

On June 9, 2016, a divided New York Court of Appeals in a much-anticipated ruling held that the attorney-client privilege can only be maintained for communications involving third parties in situations where litigation is...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 6.8.16

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Despite Tribune Publishing’s (wait, wait, is that tronc now?) best efforts to play defense, Gannett is not backing down from its unsolicited offer to acquire the publisher...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Tennessee Chancery Court Denies Motion to Dismiss $164 Million RMBS Suit Brought by Tennessee Pension Fund - On May 24, 2016, Chancellor Carol L. McCoy of the Chancery Court for Davidson County, Tennessee, declined to...more

Second Circuit Deals Blow to Government’s Use of FIRREA as an Enforcement Tool

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

When does a breach of contract amount to fraud? Last week the Second Circuit answered this question and reversed a $1.27 billion judgment against Bank of America and a $1 million judgment against a former executive for their...more

Second Circuit Overturns Fraud Judgment against Bank of America and Former Countrywide Executive

On May 23, 2016, a three-judge panel of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a judgment of fraud against Bank of America, Countrywide, and former Countrywide executive Rebecca Mairone in U.S. v Countrywide Home...more

Reversal of Countrywide Fraud Verdict a Reminder of Government’s Heavy Burden of Proof

by BakerHostetler on

On May 23, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed a jury’s finding of civil fraud against Countrywide Home Loans and other lenders, finding that the government had failed to prove fraud in...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - May 2016

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The Southern District of New York has issued an opinion that permitted a debtor to reject certain gathering and condensation agreements as executory contracts. Because the midstream service sector finances the construction of...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending May 13 & May 20, 2016

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REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Contracts/Personal Liability: official title of “President” underneath signor’s signature on contract did not shield individual from personal liability because contract language reflected...more

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