Tag Archives: subprime lawsuit

A Closer Look at the DoJ’s Complaint against McGraw-Hill and S&P

By now you will have heard that the U.S. Department of Justice has filed a securities class action lawsuit against S&P and its corporate parent, McGraw-Hill, about the rating agency’s  ratings of collateralized debt obligations as the subprime meltdown unfolded. A copy of the DoJ’s complaint, filed on February 4, 2013 in the Central District of … Continue Reading

Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Regions Financial Subprime-Related Trust Preferred Securities Suit.

On August 23, 2011, a three-judge panel of the Second Circuit in an opinion by Judge Barrington D. Parker affirmed the dismissal of the subprime-related securities lawsuit that had been brought against Regional Financial Corporation and certain of its directors and officers. A copy of the Second Circuit’s opinion can be found here.   Background … Continue Reading

Court Substantially Denies RAIT Financial Subprime Securities Lawsuit Dismissal

In the latest ruling on a motion to dismiss in a subprime-related securities lawsuit, on December 22, 2008, Judge Legrome Davis of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania granted in part and denied in part defendants’ motion to dismiss the suit that plaintiffs’ filed in August 2007 against RAIT Financial Trust and certain of its officers … Continue Reading

Now, Lawsuits Concerning the Auction Rate Securities Settlements?

When the various broker dealers and investment banks recently announced their agreements with government regulators to buy back auction rate securities, the announcements raised questions about the continuing need for the pending auction rate securities litigation. But, at least based on a recently filed lawsuit, it now appears that the settlements may have opened the … Continue Reading

Subprime Securities Lawsuit Dismissal Denied

We are now well into the second year of the current subprime litigation wave, but the rulings on preliminary dismissal motions are still just trickling in. In the latest of the early returns, involving one of the earliest subprime securities lawsuits, Judge James T. Giles of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in an opinion dated … Continue Reading

NovaStar Subprime Lawsuit Dismissed with Prejudice

In arguably the most substantive ruling yet in a subprime-related securities class action lawsuit, Judge Ortrie Smith of the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, in a June 4 opinion (here) in the NovaStar Financial subprime-related securities class action lawsuit, granted the defendants’ motion to dismiss with prejudice. The NovaStar lawsuit, … Continue Reading

The Credit Crunch Effects Yet to Come

In my preceding post, I quoted recent reassuring words from Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson about the current credit crunch. Billionaires Warren Buffett and George Soros apparently have a less sanguine view, and there is in any event substantial recent evidence to support the view that, whether or not the worst is over, the effects will … Continue Reading

Dismissal Denied in Countrywide Financial Subprime Derivative Lawsuit

In the most in-depth review yet of a subprime-related lawsuit complaint, Judge Mariana Pfaelzer of the Federal District Court in Los Angeles, in an order dated May 14, 2008 (here), denied the defendants’ motions to dismiss the amended complaint in the consolidated derivative lawsuit filed against Countrywide Financial, as nominal defendant, and against eleven individual … Continue Reading

Subprime Litigation: Asset Valuation and Disclosure Problems

As the markets for various types of subprime-related assets have seized up, many companies find themselves faced with complicated issues concerning asset valuation and disclosure. These issues have in turn both subjected companies to the possibility of litigation and encouraged investors to target the entities and institutions that sold them the assets in the first … Continue Reading

“CDO Squared” Securities Lawsuit Hits MBIA

On January 11, 2008, MBIA became the latest bond insurer to be named as a defendant in a subprime-related securities class action lawsuit. Bond insurers ACA Capital Holdings (about which refer here), Security Capital Assurance (refer here) and Radian Group (refer here) have previously been named in subprime-related securities lawsuits. MBIA is one of the … Continue Reading

A Closer Look at the 2007 Subprime-Related Securities Lawsuits

In its 2007 year-end study of securities class action trends (here), NERA Economic Consulting noted that the "sharp increase" in 2007 securities lawsuit filings was "driven in part by litigation related to subprime lending," an observation I have also noted elsewhere. Given the importance of the subprime lawsuit filings to the overall 2007 securities lawsuit … Continue Reading