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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...

Bank Of America To Pay $410M In Overdraft Fee Case

(AP) Bank of America has agreed to pay $410 million to settle a federal lawsuit alleging the bank charged excessive overdraft fees. The suit is one of several filed against several banks from plaintiffs in 14 states, which were consolidated in a federal court in Florida. Other banks named. . . . Full...

Kevin LaCroix: Catching Up On Rulings In Key Subprime-Related Securities Lawsuits

Over the last few days, there have been a series of rulings in high-profile lawsuits arising out of the subprime meltdown and credit crisis. As discussed below, just in the past week there were dismissal motion rulings in cases involving Freddie Mac, Wachovia/Wells Fargo, and AIG. Though some or all...

Bank Of America's $8.5 Billion Settlement Won't Be Its Last

NEW YORK - (AP) Bank of America's $8.5 billion settlement with investors is the largest any bank has ever paid. It might help assuage worries about how deep the bank's mortgage problems might be and how long it might take to settle them. But for the nation's largest bank and its CEO Brian...

Borrowers Sue Over Apparent Loan Modification Mishaps

LOS ANGELES - (AP) It seemed Maria Campusano's financial problems were behind her when the mortgage on her Victorian home in a Massachusetts mill town was chopped by hundreds of dollars a month. She soon learned that her troubles had just begun. Weeks after making her first payment under the new...

Wachovia, KPMG Reach $627 Million Settlement With Investors

NEW YORK - (Mealey's) In what Wachovia Corp. shareholders' attorneys are calling the single-largest recovery for claims brought "solely pursuant to" the Securities Act of 1933, the shareholders, Wachovia, certain of its affiliates and former officers and directors and outside auditor...

Wells Fargo Reaches $590 Million Wachovia Settlement

NEW YORK - (AP) Wells Fargo & Co. on Friday said that it has agreed to pay $590 million to settle a class-action lawsuit filed by investors in Wachovia securities. The settlement would end a suit filed in 2008 in federal court in Manhattan, charging that Wachovia misled investors in its bonds. ....

AIG Sues Bank Of America For $10 Billion Over Mortgages

NEW YORK - (AP) More trouble piled up for Bank of America Corp. on Monday, as American International Group Inc. sued it for more than $10 billion, saying the bank cheated it by selling residential mortgage-backed securities that were overvalued. The suit comes on top of similar suits, which together...

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...

The Week in Securities Litigation: SEC Prevails In 4 Court Actions

The Commission prevailed in four court actions. In the district court the agency won a summary judgment motion against an investment adviser. In the Eleventh Circuit Court the SEC secured a pair of victories. In one it obtained the reversal of a grant of summary judgment against it in an ARS case. In...

Another Libor Scandal Antitrust Lawsuit Filed, This One on Behalf of Derivatives Investors

At the risk of sounding repetitive, I must report here that there has been yet another Libor-scandal related lawsuit filed in the Southern District of New York. The latest lawsuit, filed on July 30, 2012, purports to be filed on behalf of a class of investors who bought U.S. dollar Libor-based derivatives...

AbbeySpanier LLP: 9th Circuit Revives HAMP Claims Against Wells Fargo

In Corvello v. Wells Fargo Bank, NA , 11-16234, 11-16242, 2013 WL 4017279 (9th Cir. Aug. 8, 2013) (a copy of the opinion can be found here ), the Ninth Circuit reversed the lower Court’s dismissal of two consolidated class action complaints, holding that if a borrower complies with a standardized...