State Attorney Generals Schneiderman and Coakley Call For DeMarco To Go

By: Wednesday April 3, 2013 11:04 am

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley have called for Federal Housing Finance Agency head and notorious Wall Street puppet Edward DeMarco to be removed from office. In an op-ed in Politico, Schneiderman and Coakley join a long line of critics noting DeMarco’s commitment to screwing homeowners. Last week, we [...]

The Housing Task Force That Wasn’t

By: Friday February 15, 2013 5:02 am

Anyone remember that Mortgage Task Force President Obama put together to finally take on Wall Street over rampant fraud in the mortgage market? You know, the one Obama announced while running for re-election after having done exactly nothing to help struggling homeowners while shoveling taxpayer money to the banks. Well, apparently even that miniscule gesture [...]

Schneiderman Files Suit Against Credit Suisse for Securities Fraud, Days After SEC Settled Same Conduct

By: Tuesday November 20, 2012 11:55 am

Continuing on the theme of prosecutions for fraud during the housing collapse, though in this case civil rather than criminal ones, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman just announced a new lawsuit against Credit Suisse for defrauding investors in its mortgage backed securities business. The case mirrors the previous suit filed by Schneiderman against JPMorgan [...]

JPMorgan Chase, Credit Suisse Don’t Have to Admit Wrongdoing in Another SEC Settlement

By: Friday November 16, 2012 2:45 pm

In another in a long line of weak settlements where the perpetrators of fraud don’t have to technically say whether or not they’ve committed it, the Securities and Exchange Commission reached agreement with JPMorgan Chase and Credit Suisse on a collection of violations related to the handling of mortgage backed securities. JPMorgan Chase and Credit [...]

Schneiderman’s Office Seeing Staff Exodus

By: Monday October 8, 2012 12:58 pm

Ken Lovett passes on some gossip about a quickened pace of departures in Eric Schneiderman’s AG shop: The latest set to leave is press officer Michelle Duffy, who is going to work for Cuomo. She follows press shop alumni Danny Kanner and Dani Lever, who both left to join the Obama campaign, Jennifer Givner, who [...]

Schneiderman Signed Tolling Agreements With MBS Issuers to Extend Statute of Limitations

By: Friday October 5, 2012 6:55 am

One of the criticisms I have issued at New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase was that it was filed so late, it allowed much of the statute of limitations to run out, in the process capturing just a small sliver of the actions of Bear Stearns in their issuance of mortgage [...]

The Potential Conflict of Interest Issue Inside the Schneiderman/JPMorgan Chase Case

By: Wednesday October 3, 2012 9:05 am

Much thanks to FT Alphaville for highlighting my story about Eric Schneiderman’s lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase over Bear Stearns’ dodgy mortgage-backed securities deals. I wrestled in that other piece about whether there was a legitimate conflict of interest argument with Sanchez. Could JPMorgan Chase try to invalidate the lawsuit by saying that Sanchez’ involvement represented [...]

Those Hoping for “Large Damages” from JPMorgan MBS Lawsuit Bound to Be Disappointed

By: Tuesday October 2, 2012 12:25 pm

I can actually agree with a lot in Alison Frankel’s assessment of the New York Attorney General’s lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase over mortgage backed securities deficiencies. She’s right to express all the ways in which this is a cynical case, building on years-old legal work from bond insurers and investors. But she follows with this: [...]

Timing and Scope: The Issues With the Schneiderman JPMorgan Chase Lawsuit

By: Tuesday October 2, 2012 9:30 am

One thing I want to emphasize about the lawsuit against Bear Stearns on securitization fraud put together by Eric Schneiderman’s office is that it’s rooted in reality. Indeed, Bear Stearns did misrepresent to investors the quality of the loans they placed in mortgage backed security pools, did ignore warnings from third-party due diligence specialists about [...]

Schneiderman Sues JPMorgan Chase; Lawsuit Mirrors Old Cases

By: Monday October 1, 2012 11:47 pm

Late yesterday, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a lawsuit made up of years-old evidence against JPMorgan Chase, over deceptive practices related to the sale of $87 billion in Bear Stearns mortgage-backed securities at the height of the housing bubble. The lawsuit is closely modeled after one brought against the same defendants by the [...]

Financial Fraud Prosecutions Coming Soozzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…

By: Friday September 21, 2012 9:35 am

I strongly considered not even remarking on the “news” that the long-silent Residential Mortgage Backed Securities (RMBS) working group, the vaunted task force that would finally and definitively bring accountability to the perpetrators of the financial crisis, would soon, really this time, announce major actions. If you want to announce something, go ahead and announce [...]

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