Ocwen Financial Corp. on Friday won the dismissal of two securities class actions that arose from alleged compliance issues related to servicer agreeing to a $150 million settlement in 2014, and now shares of the company are trading higher. Read on.
Bank of America and HSBC Holdings Plc agreed to settle lawsuits concerning property insurance that borrowers were forced to accept after homeowners alleged that the banks got a financial windfall by cutting deals with insurance companies and over-charging borrowers for the coverage.
If the way settlements are headed continues, an additional $16 billion in penalties will be paid by banks, including Bank of America and Goldman Sachs over mortgage-backed securities sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Huge legal costs are becoming a theme in Wall Street fourth-quarter earnings reports, specifically litigation and investigations related to residential mortgage-backed securities and the credit crisis.
With the recent turnover in leadership at the Federal Housing Finance Agency, we may be standing at the precipice of great change in the government’s role in supporting the mortgage market through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.