Banks Win Mortgage Settlement From Regulators

By: Tuesday January 8, 2013 6:32 am

In what can only be described as a slap to the face of victims of the housing crisis and an insult to even the vaguest notion of the rule of law, the banks responsible for the mortgage meltdown and subsequent financial crisis and recession have once again escaped justice. After criminal cases were dropped despite [...]

Banks Siphon Bernanke’s Stimulus While Tightening Credit On Middle Class

By: Monday December 24, 2012 9:42 am

While many former homeowners will be spending the holidays in the streets, it is good to know the bailed out banks are making some nice profits… off the American taxpayer. Fed Chairman Bernanke’s continual leveraging of the national credit card via buying mortgage-backed securities to stimulate the mortgage market has done little for the mortgage market and a lot for Wall Street’s bottom line.

Glenn Hubbard’s Hilarious Deposition on Behalf of Countrywide

By: Friday December 21, 2012 7:45 am

General business has kept me from reading the deposition Matt Taibbi writes about here, but it sounds amazing. Anyone who’s seen the movie Inside Job will recall the stupendously angering scene in which (Mitt Romney advisor Glenn) Hubbard pissily snaps at his interviewer for asking about his outside relationships with financial services industry [...] “This [...]

Mortgage Backed Securities Lawsuits Still Proliferate

By: Tuesday December 18, 2012 7:35 am

While we wait for more settlements in the Libor case, banks continue to face exposure for their fraudulent mortgage conduct dating back to the housing bubble. Two more major lawsuits emerged yesterday. DZ Bank, a cooperative from Germany, sued Bank of America over $546 million in mortgage backed securities. The same firm has sued Morgan [...]

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 [...]

Yes, Banks Are Paying “Penalties” in Foreclosure Fraud Settlement With Other People’s Money

By: Thursday November 15, 2012 8:30 am

This one offers a bit of vindication. I cannot tell you how much grief I got from “official sources” over the clear reality that banks would be able to pay off their penalties in the foreclosure fraud settlement with investor money. HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan flat-out said it, and then had to backtrack and obfuscate. [...]

White House Promises to Dump Ed DeMarco If They Only Get the Chance in a Second Term

By: Wednesday October 24, 2012 10:50 am

In one of the more cynical campaign promises I’ve seen in a while, the Obama Administration has apparently been running around to housing advocates telling them they will fire Ed DeMarco as head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency… after the election. In 2010, Senate Republicans opposed Mr Obama’s choice to replace Mr DeMarco and [...]

The Case of the Cop/President of Mortgage Company

By: Wednesday October 24, 2012 8:30 am

Among the many battles left to fight for the big banks who committed fraud up and down the mortgage market concerns a series of lawsuits against monoline insurance companies, which provided mortgage bond insurance (and paid out billions in claims) during the housing bubble. Like other investors, bond insurers have sued firms which contributed to [...]

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: [...]

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