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Monthly Archives: February 2012

The Soft Underbelly of the Federal and State Attorneys General $25 Billion “Robosigning” Mortgage Settlement with Big Banks

It’s official: The federal government, 49 of the 50 States (all but Oklahoma, the lone hold-out) and the country’s five leading bank mortgage servicers (none other than household names Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, and Ally Financial) announced a February 9, 2012 settlement with said banks regarding foreclosure misconduct and “robosigning”… Continue Reading

Countrywide’s Big-Bank Belligerence: Causation is Defense for Repurchase Demands by MBIA

Big Banks’ Demand on Originators I’d be hard-pressed to find a lawyer who did not learn in his or her first weeks of law school that “causation” is a fundamental element of contract claims and legal liability. They tell me that if a butterfly flaps its wings in one part of the world, it can cause a… Continue Reading

Settling with Government – SEC Gets Paid and Subprime Mortgage Securities Investors Suffer Huge Losses

Citimortgage Admits Liability On February 15th, 2012, in a clearly pre-negotiated deal between the US Attorney’s Office, on behalf of the Department of Housing and Urban Development and CITIMORTGAGE, INC. (a subsidiary of CITIBANK, N.A., and “CMI”), a complaint was filed against CMI in the US District Court in Manhattan and simultaneously settled for $158.3… Continue Reading

Would White House Proposed Refinancing Program Really Help Housing?

The Obama Administration unveiled details today of a broad refinancing program affecting non- Government Sponsored Enterprise (GSE) residential mortgage loans, which program was first announced by the President in his State of the Union address last month. Under the refinancing program, which requires congressional approval, borrowers with qualifying non-GSE mortgages who are current on their… Continue Reading