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FDIC Files First D&O Suit of Current Failed Bank Wave

On July 2, 2010, in what is as far as I am aware the first suit by the FDIC against former directors and officers of a failed bank as part of the current wave of bank failures, the FDIC as receiver of IndyMac filed a lawsuit in the Central District of California against four former officers of IndyMac's...

A Failed Bank, A Lawsuit, and Some Interesting Questions

Though 268 banks have failed since January 1, 2008, there has been relatively little litigation related to the failed banks, as least so far. For example, the FDIC only recently filed its first action against former directors and officers of a failed bank (as discussed here ). There have also been...

Commercial Banks: Closures, Lawsuits Continue to Mount

As has now become a familiar routine, this past Friday night the FDIC took control of several more commercial banks . The seven additional banks seized on Friday bring the year to date total number of failed banks to 139, and the total since January 1, 2008 to 304. At the same time, lawsuits involving...

FDIC's Bid to Intervene in Bank Investors' Suit Denied

The FDIC as receiver of the failed Haven Trust Bank may not intervene in a securities lawsuit brought by the aggrieved investors of the Bank's holding company, according to Northern District of Georgia Judge Charles A. Pannell, Jr.'s December 29, 2010 order in the case. Judge Pannell's...

Failed Bank Investors' Securities Suit Dismissed

On January 14, 2011, in a ruling that could have implications for other failed bank investors' securities class action lawsuits, Northern District of Georgia Judge Charles A. Pannell, Jr . granted defendants' motions to dismiss the securities suit that had been brought by investors in the...

How Extensive Will the FDIC's Claims Against Failed Banks' Outside Professionals Be?

If the lawsuit filed on February 7, 2011 in the Northern District of Georgia is any indication, the FDIC's efforts to pursue liability claims will not only include suits against the directors and officers of failed banks, but will also include in at least some instances the failed institutions'...

FDIC: Number of Problem Institutions Continues to Increase

Though 2010 was a "turnaround" year for banks, the number of problem institutions continued to increase during the year, according to the FDIC's Quarterly Banking Profile for the fourth quarter of 2010. A copy of the FDIC's February 23, 2011 press release about the report can be...

$208.5 Million WaMu Securities Suit Settlement Includes Massive D&O Insurer Contribution

The parties to the consolidated class action litigation arising out of the collapse of Washington Mutual - the largest bank failure in U.S. history -- have agreed to settle the suit for a combined $208.5 million. The settlement, which has a number of interesting features, actually consists of three...

D.C. Circuit Vacates Proxy Access Rules, Blasts the SEC

For many years, one of the fundamental goals of shareholder rights activists has "proxy access," which would require corporations to include shareholder nominated board candidates on the company's proxy ballots. Last year, in the wake of the Dodd-Frank Act, the SEC promulgated rules...

The Latest FDIC Failed Bank Lawsuit

On December 29, 2011, in what appears to have been the final year-end step as the FDIC ramped up its failed bank litigation activity during 2011, the FDIC filed a civil lawsuit in the Western District of North Carolina in is capacity as receiver of The Bank of Ashville, of Ashville, North Carolina, against...

FDIC: Banks Improve, Problem Institutions Continue to Decline

According to the FDIC's Quarterly Banking Profile for the first quarter of 2012, which can be found here and which was released on May 24, 2012, the banking industry generally continues to show improvement. The industry's aggregate profits are up, and the industry is shedding bad loans, bolstering...

After a Two-Month Lull, FDIC Fires off Two New Failed Bank Complaints

On July 13, 2012, after a lull of nearly two months during which the FDIC did not file any new failed bank lawsuits, the FDIC filed two new lawsuits against former directors and officers of failed banks. The FDIC also updated the number of authorized failed bank lawsuits as well. The first of the...

Former IndyMac Officers Cannot Rely on Business Judgment Rule as Defense in FDIC Failed Bank Lawsuit

On October 5, 2012, in the latest in a series of decisions addressing the question whether or not corporate officers (as differentiated from corporate directors) are entitled under California law to rely on the protections of the business judgment rule, Central District of California Judge Dale Fischer...

FDIC Files First Suit Against Failed Bank's Accountants

On November 1, 2012, in what is the first lawsuit the FDIC has filed as part of the current bank failure wave against a failed bank's accountants, the FDIC, as receiver for the failed Colonial Bank, has filed an action in the Middle District of Alabama against Pricewaterhouse Coopers and Crowe Horwath...

NERA: Securities Suit Filings Stable, But Settlements and Dismissals Are Down

New securities class action lawsuit filing levels were comparable to historical norms during 2012, but the number of settlements and of dismissals were both down for the year, according to the analysis and projections of NERA Economic Consulting in their December 11, 2012 publication "Flash Update...