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JPMorgan to face $10B MBS case

Bank hit with class action lawsuit
Brena Swanson
JPMorgan Chase must face a class action lawsuit by investors who claimed the bank misled them about the safety of $10 billion of mortgage-backed securities it sold before the financial crisis.
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Bank of America urges judge to toss “Hustle” case verdict

Case links to Countrywide mortgages
Brena Swanson
Bank of America asked U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff in Manhattan to throw out a jury verdict finding it liable for fraud over defective mortgages sold by its Countrywide unit that resulted in a $1.27 billion penalty.
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CHART: Biggest bank settlements of all time

Guess which bank is on there twice?
Brena Swanson
The Bank of America settlement went on record as the biggest settlement to date. But where do the other bank settlements rank in comparison?
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Huge tax bill for homeowners who receive BofA settlement?

The relief could be too good to be true
Ben Lane
There could be a huge tax bill coming for borrowers that accept relief as part of the $16.65 billion settlement between Bank of America and the U.S. Department of Justice.
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WATCH: Former Wells Fargo CEO calls BofA fine “extortion”

Kovacevich says fine is political and has “nothing to do with justice”
Ben Lane
"Why are we charging the stock holders instead of going after the people who did wrong?” former Wells Fargo CEO Dick Kovacevich said. “Corporations don't engage in criminal behavior. They don't take advantage of innocent people. People do.”
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BofA reaches $16.65B settlement over "toxic waste" mortgages

Loans date back to Countrywide and Merrill Lynch
Brena Swanson
The rumors from yesterday are now confirmed. “Bank of America knew that such wholesale channel loans – described internally as “toxic waste” – presented vastly greater risks of severe delinquencies, early defaults, underwriting defects, and prepayment," according to the SEC filing on the settlement.
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Countrywide’s Mozilo may face lawsuit over subprime mortgages

This time prosecutors have a new weapon
Brena Swanson
Although Countrywide Financial no longer exists, co-founder Angelo Mozilo is allegedly not in the clear as prosecutors still want to hold him responsible for the company’s role in the U.S. housing bubble, according to a Bloomberg report.
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Urban Institute: 5 steps BofA should take in its settlement with DOJ

This would better serve consumers and investors
Trey Garrison
Now that Bank of America is nearing a reported $17 billion settlement with the Department of Justice, there are some steps the banking giant could take to better set things right, says the Housing Finance Policy Center staff at the Urban Institute.
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Fifth Third Mortgage pays $1.5M to settle discrimination claims

Accused of violating Fair Housing Act, Equal Credit Opportunity Act
Brena Swanson
The Department of Justice reached a settlement with Fifth Third Mortgage Company to resolve allegations that it engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination on the basis of disability and receipt of public assistance in violation of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Credit Opportunity Act.
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Trustees to accept $4.5 billion JPMorgan settlement

Settlement talks had stalled in January
Ben Lane
The Reuters report states that the trustees representing the defrauded investors are set to accept the settlement for a “vast majority” of the trusts that they represent. The settlement was originally agreed to in November 2013.
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