Mortgage Crisis Lawsuits Could Bring Hundreds Of Billions In Losses For Big BanksSubmitted by Bob-45 on Wed, 02/27/2013 - 05:52
Huffington Post: A verdict delivered earlier this month by a prominent federal judge heightens the prospect that the nation’s largest financial institutions will be forced to pay as much as $250 billion to compensate investors who bought bundles of fraudulently marketed mortgage-related securities, according to financial and legal experts.
The Feb. 5 decision in New York Southern District Court issued by Judge Jed. S. Rakoff involved only one relatively minor lender: Michigan-based Flagstar Bank. Rakoff found that Flagstar had failed to disclose the real risks of the mortgages it was selling, and he ordered the lender to pay $90 million to an aggrieved insurer, Assured Guaranty Municipal Corporation.
But experts zeroed in on Rakoff’s reasoning as a potentially damaging precedent for other lenders contending with scores of similar lawsuits, many involving fraudulent assurances claims from the investors who bought mortgage-backed securities during the U.S. housing boom.