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Quicken Loans wins first round in court battle versus DOJ, HUD

Judge rules Quicken's suit against Feds will be heard first
Trey Garrison and Ben Lane
Quicken Loans secured the first victory in its gutsy battle against the U.S. Department of Justice and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. A federal judge ruled that Quicken’s lawsuit against the government will be heard, before the government’s case against Quicken is heard in a separate court, which favors the massive mortgage lender. Click the headline for HousingWire's extensive coverage.
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JPMorgan Chase: Hold the phone on those DOJ robo-signing charges

Claims DOJ misrepresented settlement agreement
Ben Lane
JPMorgan Chase is pushing back at the Department of Justice’s claims that it admitted to misfiling more than 50,000 payment change notices in bankruptcy courts that were “improperly signed, under penalty of perjury, by persons who had not reviewed the accuracy of the notices.” According to Chase Vice President and Head of External Communications Jason Lobo, Chase made no such admissions, despite agreeing to the settlement.
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DOJ fines JPMorgan Chase $50 million for robo-signing

Chase admits to misfiling mortgage documents
Ben Lane
JPMorgan Chase admitted to misfiling more than 50,000 payment change notices in bankruptcy courts that were “improperly signed, under penalty of perjury, by persons who had not reviewed the accuracy of the notices,” and will pay more than $50 million to homeowners as part of a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice over its mortgage practices.
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Morgan Stanley expects mortgage bond lawsuit from New York AG

Subprime securitizations at the center of lawsuit
Ben Lane
It turns out that Morgan Stanley is not out of the woods when it comes to trouble with regulators. Far from it, in fact. The company disclosed that it is expecting to be the subject of a lawsuit filed by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman over approximately 30 subprime securitizations sponsored by the company.
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Military members to receive $123 million for unlawful foreclosures

Relief is part of National Mortgage Settlement
Ben Lane
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Citi, Wells Fargo and GMAC Mortgage will send payments to 952 service members and their co-borrowers for conducting non-judicial foreclosures conducted in violation of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act.
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It’s official: S&P to pay record-breaking fine for misleading RMBS investors

Settlement with DOJ resolves claims of inflated pre-crisis ratings
Ben Lane
A credit ratings agency is finally facing the music. As was first rumored in early January, Standard & Poor’s will indeed pay $1.375 billion as part of settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice and nearly 20 states over claims that S&P knowingly misled mortgage bond investors by issuing trumped up ratings for pre-crisis residential mortgage-backed securities.
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S&P reportedly close to massive mortgage-bond rating settlement

WSJ: Department of Justice may get billions
Ben Lane
Standard & Poor’s is reportedly closing in on a $1.37 billion settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice and more than a dozen states over claims that S&P knowingly misled investors by issuing trumped up ratings for pre-crisis residential mortgage-backed securities.
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S&P settles with SEC for $58 million over bond ratings fraud

First action against one of the big three ratings firms
Sarah Wheeler

“Investors rely on credit rating agencies like Standard & Poor’s to play it straight when rating complex securities like CMBS,” said Andrew J. Ceresney, director of the SEC Enforcement Division. “But Standard & Poor’s elevated its own financial interests above investors by loosening its rating criteria to obtain business and then obscuring these changes from investors."


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Former HUD employee jailed for stealing $843K from government

Loan guarantee specialist sentenced to 26 months in prison
Ben Lane
A former loan guarantee specialist for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will spend the next two years in prison for stealing $843,000 from the federal government.
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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to step down

Departs after nearly six years
Brena Swanson
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will announce on Thursday he is stepping down after a term marked by advances in civil rights and frequent battles with Republicans in Congress.
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