The Internet is buzzing over Bank of America’s June 29, 2011announcement (here) of its eye-popping $8.5 billion settlement to resolve “nearly all” of the repurchase claims involving legacy Countrywide-issued residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS). The company’s press release and accompanying June 29, 2011 filing on form 8-K contain a lot of information about the

One of the most interesting aspects of the complicated sequence of events surrounding the Bank of America/Merrill Lynch merger is the suggestion that Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson instructed BofA’s CEO Ken Lewis not to disclose to BofA shareholders that the government, in order to keep BofA from backing out of the deal, was backstopping BofA

As opening speaker on June 21, 2010 at the Stanford Law School Directors’ college, Southern District of New York Judge Jed Rakoff shared his views about Bank of America’s settlement of the SEC enforcement action, including some thoughts about why he approved the revised $150 million settlement of the case after he rejected the prior $33 proposed