Banks Win Mortgage Settlement From Regulators

By: Tuesday January 8, 2013 2:20 pm

In what can only be described as a slap to the face of victims of the housing crisis and an insult to even the vaguest notion of the rule of law, the banks responsible for the mortgage meltdown and subsequent financial crisis and recession have once again escaped justice. After criminal cases were dropped despite massive evidence the civil cases are now settled with regulators and its a slam dunk for the banks. Total victory

Banks Siphon Bernanke’s Stimulus While Tightening Credit On Middle Class

By: Monday December 24, 2012 10:25 am

While many former homeowners will be spending the holidays in the streets, it is good to know the bailed out banks are making some nice profits… off the American taxpayer. Fed Chairman Bernanke’s continual leveraging of the national credit card via buying mortgage-backed securities to stimulate the mortgage market has done little for the mortgage market and a lot for Wall Street’s bottom line.

Glenn Hubbard’s Hilarious Deposition on Behalf of Countrywide

By: Friday December 21, 2012 8:16 am

More than half of the loans Glenn Hubbard “studied” came from lenders being sued by other entities for fraud in their underwriting process.

It’s pretty incredible that Hubbard, an academic, thought he could throw this fastball by lawyers involved in MBS litigation for years and years. And it’s almost a shock that Countrywide got so little for their money.

Mortgage Backed Securities Lawsuits Still Proliferate

By: Tuesday December 18, 2012 2:01 pm

While we wait for more settlements in the Libor case, banks continue to face exposure for their fraudulent mortgage conduct dating back to the housing bubble. Two more major lawsuits emerged yesterday.

Schneiderman Files Suit Against Credit Suisse for Securities Fraud, Days After SEC Settled Same Conduct

By: Tuesday November 20, 2012 2:35 pm

Continuing on the theme of prosecutions for fraud during the housing collapse, though in this case civil rather than criminal ones, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman just announced a new lawsuit against Credit Suisse for defrauding investors in its mortgage backed securities business. The case mirrors the previous suit filed by Schneiderman against JPMorgan Chase over Bear Stearns’ MBS business. Curiously, both of these banks engaged in settlements just this past weekwith the SEC over precisely the same conduct, settlements where they didn’t have to admit wrongdoing.

JPMorgan Chase, Credit Suisse Don’t Have to Admit Wrongdoing in Another SEC Settlement

By: Saturday November 17, 2012 10:00 am

In another in a long line of weak settlements where the perpetrators of fraud don’t have to technically say whether or not they’ve committed it, the Securities and Exchange Commission reached agreement with JPMorgan Chase and Credit Suisse on a collection of violations related to the handling of mortgage backed securities.

Yes, Banks Are Paying “Penalties” in Foreclosure Fraud Settlement With Other People’s Money

By: Thursday November 15, 2012 9:22 am

This one offers a bit of vindication. I cannot tell you how much grief I got from “official sources” over the clear reality that banks would be able to pay off their penalties in the foreclosure fraud settlement with investor money. HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan flat-out said it, and then had to backtrack and obfuscate. But it was clearly set up by the terms of the settlement. Banks would get credit under the settlement for modifying loans in private label mortgage backed securities, which means the investors take the hit.

This became more clear in Bank of America’s side deal, where they would reduce their penalty through modifying loans they don’t own.

White House Promises to Dump Ed DeMarco if They Only Get the Chance in a Second Term

By: Wednesday October 24, 2012 2:00 pm

In one of the more cynical campaign promises I’ve seen in a while, the Obama Administration has apparently been running around to housing advocates telling them they will fire Ed DeMarco as head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency… after the election.

The Potential Conflict of Interest Issue Inside the Schneiderman/JPMorgan Chase Case

By: Wednesday October 3, 2012 9:28 am

Much thanks to FT Alphaville for highlighting my storyabout Eric Schneiderman’s lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase over Bear Stearns’ dodgy mortgage-backed securities deals. As I have stressed, nothing in this case indicates there’s been much new investigation at all, or participation from the federal task force. It borrows liberally from a lawsuit by mortgage bond insurer Ambac, which was filed by Karla Sanchez, a former litigator who now works in Schneiderman’s office as the Deputy AG for Economic Justice.

Timing and Scope: The Issues With the Schneiderman JPMorgan Chase Lawsuit

By: Tuesday October 2, 2012 11:35 am

the lawsuit against Bear Stearns on securitization fraud put together by Eric Schneiderman’s office is that it’s rooted in reality. My issues are primarily with timing and scope. There’s no reason this case couldn’t have been filed in 2011. There’s literally nothing in the case that advances what we knew from these other cases in any meaningful way. If the New York AG’s office wanted to pursue a parallel proceeding, they had every ability to do it in 2011, before the foreclosure fraud settlement. Now they’ve given up claims they could have pursued.

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