Three of the five largest bank failures in U.S. history took place over the course of just a few weeks last Spring. Because U.S. government officials acted forcefully at the time, this dangerous sequence did not trigger a contagion event across the banking sector generally. But while the Fed and others managed to stave off further bank failures, underlying problems persisted at certain banks – in particular, problems relating to the commercial real estate sector continued to weigh on banking institutions. As the Wall Street Journal put it in an article late last week, “Investors have wondered when the pain from the downturn in commercial property would hit banks.” As the Journal noted in the same article, the commercial property-related pain has now arrived for some banks. Several banks, including New York Community Bancorp (NYCB), suffered significant stock price drops after the banks last week announced steep increases in their loss reserves in their commercial real estate portfolios.
And now these developments have translated into securities litigation, as a plaintiff shareholder has launched a securities class action lawsuit against NYCB and certain of its executives. These developments and the filing of the lawsuit suggest while the Banking Crisis of 2023 may have been contained, continuing problems in the banking sector could be a factor in the number of securities class action lawsuit filings during the year. A copy of the February 6, 2024 complaint filed against NYCB can be found here.Continue Reading Commercial Real Estate Woes Weigh on Bank, Lead to New Securities Suit