California Hospital Sues Citigroup Over Refinancing

SANTA ANA Calif. – (AP) A northern San Diego County hospital has sued Citigroup for up to $20 million, saying the investment bank failed to disclose the risk of refinancing debt using variable-rate bonds. Oceanside's Tri-City Medical Center, a community-owned facility serving Carlsbad, Oceanside...

Citigroup Paying $75 Million To Settle Civil Charges

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Banking titan Citigroup Inc. is paying $75 million to settle civil charges that it misled investors about its potential losses from subprime mortgages as the housing bust hit in 2007. The Securities and Exchange Commission announced the settlement with Citigroup on Thursday. It...

N.Y. Lawsuit: Citigroup Used Recession To Fire Women

NEW YORK - (AP) Citigroup was accused in a lawsuit Wednesday of using companywide layoffs during the recent financial turmoil to purge its work force of scores of female employees to save the jobs of less-qualified men. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan accused the company of accepting...

Tribune Co. Creditors Sue Banks Behind 2007 Buyout

NEW YORK - (AP) A group of Tribune Co. creditors filed a lawsuit Friday alleging the media company's nearly two-year stint in bankruptcy protection might have been averted if not for the greed of big banks who saddled the business with more debt than it could afford to repay. Full version available...

Judge Allows Citigroup CDO Fraud Case To Proceed

NEW YORK - (AP) A federal judge is allowing a portion of a proposed class-action securities fraud lawsuit against Citigroup Inc., several executives and a board member to go forward. In a ruling filed Tuesday, Judge Sidney H. Stein said. . . . Full version available to lexis.com subscribers .

Foreclosure Class Actions Pile Up Against Banks

NEW YORK - (AP) Foreclosure-fraud class action lawsuits are starting to pile up against major banks across the U.S., threatening a besieged industry with billions more in potential losses. Bank executives are swarming Capitol Hill this week to defend themselves against multiple foreclosure-related investigations...

Wells Fargo To Pay Citi $100M To Settle Wachovia Lawsuit

NEW YORK - (AP) Wells Fargo & Co. has agreed to pay $100 million to Citigroup Inc. to settle a dispute related to its acquisition of Wachovia Corp. in October 2008, at the height of the financial crisis. Wachovia was teetering on the brink of collapse from bad real estate loans. . . . Full version...

Allstate Sues Goldman Sachs Over Toxic Investments

(AP) Allstate Corp. is suing Goldman Sachs Group Inc. claiming the broker fraudulently sold it more than $123 million in mortgage-backed securities in 2006 and 2007, before the housing market collapse sent the investments' value plunging. The insurer claims in a lawsuit filed in New York that the...

New York Federal Judge Rejects Settlement Of Citigroup Market Crisis Case

"But the S.E.C., of all agencies, has a duty, inherent in its statutory mission, to see that the truth emerges; and if it fails to do so, the Court must not, in the name of deference or convenience, grant judicial enforcement to the agency's contrivances." With these words Judge Rakoff...

Judge's Rejection Of Citigroup Settlement Suggests How SEC Might Salvage Situation

In a strongly worded November 28, 2011 opinion ( here ), Southern District of New York Judge Jed Rakoff rejected the proposed $285 million settlement of the enforcement action that the SEC brought against Citigroup Capital Markets. But while he emphatically rejected the proposed settlement, his opinion...

Federal Government, State AGs Reach $25 Billion Agreement With Banks Over Foreclosures

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Feb. 9 that the federal government, attorneys general from 49 states and five national banks have reached a $25 billion settlement to resolve issues stemming from the lenders' allegedly fraudulent foreclosure practices...

Citigroup Inc. To Pay $158 Million To Settle Mortgage Lending Lawsuit

NEW YORK - (Mealey's) Citigroup Inc. on Feb. 15 agreed to pay $158.3 million to resolve a lawsuit brought by the federal government accusing the bank of failing to comply with Housing and Urban Development and Federal Housing Administration regulations when approving residential mortgage loans (...

2nd Circuit Rejects Judge Rakoff's Reasoning In Denying Citigroup Settlement

In a sharply worded March 15, 2012 per curiam opinion ( here ), a three-judge panel of the Second Circuit granted the motions of Citigroup and the SEC to stay district court proceedings in the SEC's enforcement action against the company, so that the appellate court could consider the merits of the...

Mortgage Meltdown Litigation Pays Hundreds Of Millions To Injured Plaintiffs

The economy seems to be heading at last into recovery territory, and the mortgage crisis that began in 2007 is starting to seem like old news. But the effects of the lax underwriting standards and other questionable loan practices that spawned the crisis continue to play out in courts across the country...

The Week in Securities Litigation: SEC Issues Record Number Of Trading Suspensions

The Commission issued a record number of trading suspensions for one day this week as part of an on-going effort to prevent microcap manipulations. A House Committee heard testimony from the Director of the Enforcement Division on its long standing policy of settling cases on a neither admit nor deny...

Judge Preliminarily OKs $590 Million Citigroup Securities Class Action Settlement

NEW YORK - (Mealey's) A federal judge in New York on Aug. 29 granted preliminary approval of a $590 million settlement between shareholders, Citigroup Inc. and certain of its current and former executive officers and directors on claims that the defendants misrepresented Citigroup's exposure...

The Week In Securities Litigation: $600 Million Insider Trading Settlement Reached

The Second Circuit's pending decision in the Commission's Citigroup market crisis case continues to loom as Judge Marreno approved the over $600 million insider trading settlement involving SAC Capital - conditioned on the outcome of Citigroup. New Chairman Mary Jo White's former partner...

Judge Approves $730 Million Securities Settlement With Citigroup, Shareholders

NEW YORK — (Mealey’s) A federal judge in New York on August 20 granted final approval of a securities class action settlement between investors and Citigroup Inc. and others, ruling that the terms of the settlement meet the statutory guidelines ( In re Citigroup Inc. Bond Litigation , No...