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FDIC Failed Bank D&O Litigation Update

On July 15, 2013, the FDIC provided the latest update on the web page on which the agency is tracking the litigation it has filed and that has been authorized against the directors and offices of failed banks. According to the latest update, the FDIC has now filed a total of 69 lawsuits against failed … Continue Reading

When the Business Judgment Rule Isn’t Available to Protect Directors

A recurring issue in the litigation the FDIC has filed against the directors and officers of failed banks is the question of whether or not officers – as opposed to directors – can rely on the business judgment rule as a defense under applicable state law. A July 8, 2013 decision by Judge Dean Pregerson applying … Continue Reading

FDIC Failed Bank Litigation Update

Typically, the FDIC updates the professional liability lawsuits page about once a month, but on June 7, 2013, only about two weeks after its last update, the FDIC again updated the page to include new lawsuit information. According to the information in the latest update, the FDIC has now filed a total of 65 lawsuits … Continue Reading

D&O Insurance: Notice to Claims Department Required to Satisfy Notice Requirements

Disputes over notice of claim requirements usually involve questions about the timing or content of the notice. A recent notice dispute involving UnitedHealth Group raised neither questions of timing or content; rather, the dispute involved the question of “to whom” the notice must be sent. In an April 25, 2013 opinion (here), District of Minnesota Judge … Continue Reading

Catching Up: Citigroup Bondholders Settlement; FDIC Failed Bank Litigation Update; Freddie Mac Libor Suit: and More

Much happened in recent days while The D&O Diary was away on extended travel. Some of the developments were significant. What follows is a brief summary of the more significant events over the last few days.   Subprime-Related Citigroup Bondholders Action Settles for $730 Million: In what is the second-largest settlement of a subprime and … Continue Reading

D&O Insurance: Bank Directors’ Notice of FDIC Failed Bank Suit Held Timely

On February 5, 2013, in a detailed opinion exploring the nuances of a D&O policy’s extended reporting period provisions, Western District of North Carolina Judge Henry Herlong Jr.  determined that the directors of the failed Bank of Ashville of Asheville, North Carolina timely provided their D&O insurer notice of the FDIC’s lawsuit against them as … Continue Reading

Following Criminal and SEC Actions, Shareholder Files Securities Suit Against Failed Bank Holding Company Directors and Officers

A shareholder of the holding company for a failed Virginia bank, the Bank of the Commonwealth, has filed a securities class action lawsuit in the Eastern District of Virginia against the holding company and certain of the company’s directors and officers. The lawsuit, filed on January 22, 2013, follows after the July 2012 indictment of … Continue Reading

Guest Post How Officers and Directors of Financial Intermediaries Can Avoid Personal Liability in the Post-Dodd-Frank Market

As the current wave of bank failure litigation has unfolded, the directors and officers of banking institutions rightly have become more concerned about the own potential liability exposures and interested in learning more about how they might be able to reduce their risks and exposures. In the following guest post, Joseph T. Lynyak III , … Continue Reading

D&O Insurance: “Ambiguity” Whether Insured vs. Insured Exclusion Bars Coverage for FDIC’s D&O Claims

As I have discussed in prior posts (refer here for example), one of the recurring D&O insurance coverage issues that has arisen in connection with the FDIC’s failed bank litigation is the question whether or not the FDIC’s claims as receiver for the failed bank against the bank’s former directors and officers trigger the D&O … Continue Reading

Cornerstone: FDIC D&O Lawsuit Filings Increased During Fourth Quarter

The FDIC’s filing of lawsuits against former directors and officers of failed banks increased “markedly” during the fourth quarter of 2012 after a “lull” during the second and third quarters of the year, according to a new study from Cornerstone Research. The study, released December 18, 2012 and entitled “Characteristics of FDIC Lawsuits Against Directors … Continue Reading

IndyMac CEO Settles FDIC’s Failed Bank Suit

IndyMac CEO Michael Perry has reached an agreement with the FDIC to settle the lawsuit the agency filed against him in the Central District of California in July 2011 in its capacity as receiver of the failed bank. In the settlement agreement, filed with the court on December 14, 2012,  Perry agreed to pay $1 … Continue Reading

FDIC: Banks Continue Recovery, “Problem Institutions” Decline

Insured depositary institutions continued to improve during the third quarter of 2012, while at the same time the number and percentage of “problems institutions” declined, according to the FDIC’s latest quarterly banking profile. The quarterly report for the quarter ending September 30, 2012, which the agency released on December 4, 2012, can be found here. … Continue Reading

FDIC Files Yet Another Georgia Failed Bank Suit

Though the FDIC has filed failed bank lawsuits in a number of states during the current bank failure wave, the agency has filed a disproportionally large number of suits against former directors and officers of failed Georgia banks. On November 30, 2012, the FDIC filed yet another D&O lawsuit involving a failed Georgia bank, the … Continue Reading

Former Banks Officials Settle FDIC’s Failed Bank Action for Assignment of D&O Policy Rights

According to a November 13, 2012 press release from their defense counsel (here), the five bank officer defendants in an action the FDIC filed against them as the failed bank’s receiver have settled the case for an assignment to the agency of their rights under the bank’s D&O insurance policy.   The case involves the … Continue Reading

FDIC’s Failed Bank Lawsuit against Former IndyMac Officers Goes to Trial

Trial in the FDIC’s failed bank lawsuit against three former officers of IndyBank commenced on November 6, 2012 in the federal court in Los Angeles. According Scott Reckard’s November 9, 2012 Los Angeles Times article (here), the parties’ counsel have delivered their opening statements. The case, which was the first failed bank lawsuit the FDIC … Continue Reading
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