The Department of Jusitce and the SEC have recently filed suits against Bank of America for allegedly defrauding buyers of its mortgaged-backed securities back in 2008. A Bank of America spokesman has responded by saying, essentially, the buyers were sophisticated enough to know better and had access to plenty of data on them. View Full Post
About the $2.43 Billion BofA/ Merrill Lynch Merger Securities Suit Settlement In what is by far the largest settlement of a credit crisis-related securities class action lawsuit, Bank of America has agreed to pay $2.43 billion to settle the suit filed against the company and certain of its directors and officers in connection with the bank’s financial crisis-driven acquisition of Merrill Lynch. View Full Post
Bank of America Lowers Reserves in Response to Buy-Back Demands Bank of America has lowered its reserves established for payments in response to mortgage buy-back demands. The announcement, coming in the banking giant’s quarterly earnings report, indicates BofA set aside less money in the first quarter of 2012 to cover the cost of “repurchase” demands than it had at any time since the housing bust. View Full Post
Mortgage Loan Repurchase Claims: Not That Different from Other Contract Claims As most correspondents/originators are now painfully aware, aggregator banks are unleashing a barrage of “repurchase” or “make whole” claims related to loans sold by the correspondent years ago. The aggregators cite supposed loan level breaches of representations and warranties in the applicable mortgage purchase and sale agreement or in the correspondent/originator guidelines. View Full Post
On Wednesday, March 7, 2012, the SEC’s Division of Corporate Finance responded to a series of No-Action Requests regarding issues under Exchange Act Rule 14a-8 (under which eligible shareholders are permitted to require companies to include shareholder proposals regarding proxy access procedures in company proxy materials). View Full Post
Aetna Life Insurance Company (Aetna) was recently sued in three cases in the Federal Courts of Oregon, Tennessee, and Missouri by three separate Plaintiffs due to the wrongful denial of long-term disability benefits as covered by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). View Full Post