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U.S. Bank to pay L.A. $13.5-million over foreclosed homes that fell into disrepair

The Los Angeles city attorney has reached a $13.5-million settlement with U.S. Bank to resolve allegations that the nation’s fifth-largest bank operated as a slumlord and allowed hundreds of foreclosed properties to deteriorate, fostering crime and blight in L.A. neighborhoods slammed by the housing crisis.

The settlement, announced Thursday, requires the Minneapolis-based firm to maintain its foreclosed properties in “accordance with all applicable laws and standards for two years.” A full-time bank employee will work with city agencies to resolve code violations of foreclosed properties across Los Angeles, the city attorney’s office said.

 “Banks must be accountable for the condition of the properties they hold,” City AttyMike Feuer said in a statement. “This significant settlement underscores my commitment that all foreclosed and vacant properties be kept up to code, so they don’t become sources of blight or magnets for crime.”

U.S. Bank spokesman Dana E. Ripley said the bank would be working with the city as well as loan servicers to ensure foreclosed properties are maintained.

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UBS’ Liability in $2B Mortgage Suit Pruned

MANHATTAN (CN) — This past spring, UBS faced a trial over $2 billion in investor damages related to the 2008 housing crisis, but an order issued Tuesday clears a path for a smaller penalty.
Three trusts represented by U.S. Bancorp have spent for four years trying to hold the Zurich-based UBS liable for breaching warranties on over 12,000 of approximately 17,000 mortgage loans originally pooled.
On the road to trial, the trusts dropped their estimates to more than 9,800 loans that they claimed to be defective, and the case finally went to a bench trial before U.S. District Judge Kevin Castel from April 18 to May 13 this year.
Four UBS managers and traders took the stand along with one of the trust’s executives and experts from both parties. The banks and trustees also submitted two terabytes of data — including thousands of loan files — for the court’s review.
After digesting the enormous record over the summer, Castel issued a 239-page ruling clearing the bank of turning a blind eye toward the loans’ deficiencies.
“The trusts have not established that UBS was willfully blind to widespread breaches of warranties across the loans in the three trusts,” he wrote.
UBS manager Jonathan Lantz testified that the bank had “ceased its surveillance operations around the same time that it wound down its business of structuring and selling [residential mortgage-backed securities] pools,” according to the ruling.
But Castel also found that UBS would have to repurchase or pay damages for 13 out of 20 loans that he examined, described in the ruling as “exemplar loans.”
Thousands of other loans still need to be reviewed.

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U.S. Bank Force-Placed Insurance Class Action Lawsuit

Hustler Money blog:

For all U.S borrowers who between April 8, 2009 and June 30, 2015, were charged by U.S. Bank under a hazard, flood, flood-gap or wind-only lender-placed insurance (LPI) policy for residential property, and who either paid to U.S. Bank the net premium for that LPI policy or who did not pay and still owe U.S. Bank the net premium for the LPI policy, you are eligible for a potential award from the U.S. Bank Force-Placed Insurance Class Action Lawsuit! According to the lawsuit, U.S. Bank placed the insurance on borrowers’ property in such a manner that the bank would receive an unauthorized benefit and get “kickbacks” in the form of commissions from the Assurant defendants. Although U.S. Bank denies all acts of wrongdoings, they have agreed to settle the class action lawsuit in order to avoid the further risk and cost of ongoing litigation. So if you are eligible, file a claim by 8/30/2016 to receive your potential award!

Group says U.S. Bank neglects foreclosures in Denver minority areas

A fair-housing advocacy group Wednesday accused U.S. Bank of failing to adequately maintain foreclosed properties in metro Denver’s minority neighborhoods.

The National Fair Housing Alliance added Denver and three other cities to its pending complaint with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that alleges improper foreclosure maintenance in 41 cities nationwide.

The group has filed similar complaints against other banks, including Wells Fargo and Bank of America. The complaints state that the banks and their servicers conduct good maintenance on foreclosed homes in predominantly white neighborhoods but fall short in minority areas by allowing homes to deteriorate, accumulate trash and become overgrown with weeds.

Last year, Wells Fargo settled a similar complaint over how it maintained foreclosures, agreeing to invest $39 million in 45 communities, including Denver, to improve housing in minority neighborhoods hit hard by foreclosures.

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Judge Clears Way For Settlement In BofA, US Bank RMBS Suit

Case Information

Case Title

Policemen’s Annuity and Benefit Fund Of The City Of Chicago v. Bank of America, NA et al

 

Case Number

1:12-cv-02865

Court

New York Southern

Nature of Suit

Other Statutory Actions

Judge

Katherine B. Forrest

Law360, New York (August 19, 2014, 11:36 AM ET) — A New York federal judge on Monday made way for a settlement by Bank of America NA and U.S. Bank NA of an investor suit over residential mortgage-backed securities, finding the pending deal makes moot a bid to certify a class of investors who alleged the banks failed in their role as the trustees of pools of the securities.

U.S. District Judge Katherine B. Forrest cited the potential settlement, first disclosed to the court in a June 5 letter, in an order terminating a pending motion…

 
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The unthinkable suddenly looks possible: How shock waves will hit US if Greece drops euro

Bankers, governments and investors are preparing for Greece to stop using the euro as its currency, a move that could spread turmoil throughout the global financial system.

The worst case envisions governments defaulting on their debts, a run on European banks and a worldwide credit crunch reminiscent of the financial crisis in the fall of 2008.

A Greek election on Sunday will determine whether it happens. Syriza, a party opposed to the restrictions placed on Greece in exchange for a bailout from European neighbors, could do well.

If Syriza gains power and rejects the terms of the bailout, Greece could lose its lifeline, default on its debt and decide that it must print its own currency, the drachma, to stay afloat.

No one is sure how that would work because there is no mechanism in the European Union charter for a country leaving the euro. In the meantime, banks and investors have sketched out the ripple effects.

They think the path of a full-blown crisis would start in Greece, quickly move to the rest of Europe and then hit the U.S. Stocks and oil would plunge, the euro would sink against the U.S. dollar, and big banks would suffer losses on complex trades.

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Another problem: It’s not clear how much U.S. banks have at risk to Europe through credit default swaps because regulations let banks keep that information a secret.