Mortgage-Backed Securities Investors' Section 11 Claims Dismissed for Lack of "Cognizable Injury"

Among the many cases filed as part of the subprime litigation wave are the numerous cases filed on behalf of holders of mortgage-backed securities against the firms that issued the securities. In many of these cases, the plaintiffs have not alleged that they have failed to receive payments due under...

Germany, Sub-Prime Mortgage Backed Securities, and Scatology

Michael Lewis continues his around the world tour of the 2008 financial crisis from the view of Germany: It's the Economy, Dummkopf! . The story in the September issue of Vanity Fair seems to be all about excrement. We heard that there were big chunks of the mortgage securities business that...

The New RMBS Working Group: New Inquiry or Overreaching?

The Residential Mortgaged Backed Securities Working Group it the newest government initiative to investigate the mortgage securitization process which many believe is at the core of the recent market crisis. The new task force was announced by the President in his State of the Union speech last week...

$26M Settlement Reached in WaMu Mortgage-Backed Securities Class Action

SEATTLE - (Mealey's) Lead plaintiffs and defendants in a securities class action lawsuit against two subsidiaries of Washington Mutual Bank and certain of its officers and directors have agreed to a $26 million settlement on claims that the defendants misrepresented the investment quality of certain...

SEC, USAO Charge Former Broker with Securities Fraud Tied to Market Crisis

The SEC and the U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut filed, respectively, civil and criminal fraud charges against a former account executive at Jefferies & Co. arising out of the financial crisis. The charges center on the sale of mortgage backed securities or MBS to funds, including...

Countrywide MBS Securities Suit Settles for $500 Million

In what is the largest settlement so far of an mortgage-backed securities class action lawsuit filed as part of the subprime and credit-crisis securities litigation wave, the parties to the consolidated Countrywide mortgage-backed securities suit pending in the Central District of California have...

Countrywide Reaches $500M Settlement in Mortgage-Backed Securities Class Actions

LOS ANGELES - (Mealey's) Countrywide Financial Corp. will pay $500 million to shareholders in three related securities class action lawsuits to settle claims that it misrepresented the investment quality of mortgage-backed securities (MBS) in what is being called the largest-ever MBS class action...

Bank of America to Pay $1.7B to Settle Mortgage-Backed Securities Claims

NEW YORK - (Mealey's) Bank of America Corp. (BoA) will pay nearly $1.7 billion to MBIA Inc. and certain of its subsidiaries to settle claims in New York State court that BoA misrepresented the investment quality of and risk associated with certain mortgage-backed securities (MBS) it sold to MBIA...

Barclays Bank Reaches $280M Settlement in Fannie, Freddie Lawsuits

NEW YORK — (Mealey’s) Barclays Bank PLC and certain of its affiliates will pay $280 million to settle claims with the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) in two related lawsuits alleging that Barclays and its affiliates misrepresented the investment quality of certain residential mortgage...

A Closer Look at AIG’s $960 Million Credit Crisis-Related Securities Suit Settlement

AIG has agreed to pay $960 million to settle the consolidated securities class action lawsuit that had been filed against the company and certain of its directors and officers in the wake of the company’s near collapse at the peak of the credit crisis. The settlement, which AIG disclosed in its...