Preliminary Approval Of $12 Million Settlement In New Century Class Action Granted

LOS ANGELES - (Mealey's) A federal judge in California on Aug. 9 preliminarily approved a $125 million settlement agreement between shareholders, former officers and directors of subprime mortgagor New Century Financial Corp., the company's outside auditor and the underwriters of New Century's...

Countrywide Agrees To Pay $335 Million To Settle Government's Discriminatory Lending Claims

LOS ANGELES - Countrywide Financial Corp. has agreed to pay $335 million to settle claims by the U.S. government that the lender and its subsidiaries engaged in discriminatory lending practices by steering African-American and Hispanic borrowers toward subprime mortgage loans with higher interest rates...