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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 agreed to settle the litigation for $500 million. The settlement is subject to court approval. The plaintiffs' lawyers' April 17, 2013 press release describing the settlement can be found here.
The consolidated litigation that has been settled involves several different lawsuits and several different sets of claimants. Background regarding the litigation can be found here. All of the claimants allege that they purchased mortgage-backed securities that had been issued by Countrywide prior to its acquisition by Bank of America, and that the offering documents accompanying the offering contained misrepresentations and omissions about the mortgages underlying the securities. Among other things, the claimants alleged that the defendants had misrepresented the underlying process that had been used in the origination of the mortgages and the creditworthiness of the mortgage borrowers.
This litigation has a long and complicated procedural history. Among other cases that are consolidated in this litigation is the Luther v. Countrywide case, which I have written about several times in the past, as pertains to questions of concurrent state court jurisdiction under Section 22 of the '33 Act. (Refer here for the background of the Luther case and a discussion of the jurisdictional issues involved.)
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Read other items of interest from the world of directors & officers liability, with occasional commentary, at the D&O Diary, a blog by Kevin LaCroix.
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