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House Committee Issues Subpoenas to DOJ, Treasury, New York Fed

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The Committee is accusing the U.S. Department of Justice, the Treasury Department, and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York of obstructing active investigations by withholding crucial information. According to the Committee's announcement, the three agencies were warned that their failure to comply with the Committee's request to turn over the information would result in the issuance of subpoenas.

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Legal Costs Hurt Bank of America’s Q3 Earnings

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Bank of America's Q3 earnings took a hit from a record $16.65 billion settlement with the Justice Department and other federal and state agencies in August to settle charges against the bank related to the sale of toxic mortgage-backed securities. That settlement cost the bank $5.3 billion (pretax), or $0.43 per share after tax.

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Major Servicers Fail Seven Settlement Compliance Tests

The former banking regulator overseeing the National Mortgage Settlement has released a summary of the latest reports he filed with a federal court in Washington, D.C. The reports detail the performance of five major servicers in meeting the terms of the agreement reached with 49 state attorneys general and federal officials. Joseph Smith says he's confirmed six fails in the first quarter of 2013 and one in the second quarter.

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Jury Returns Decision of Liability in BofA-Countrywide-Mairone Case

A 10-person panel of jurors is holding Bank of America and a mid-level manager liable for high-risk mortgages originated by Countrywide through a program known as Hustle and then sold off to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. After hearing arguments for four weeks in a Manhattan federal court, the jury returned a decision finding BofA liable on one charge of fraud in the civil case and finding Rebecca Mairone, former COO of one of Countrywide's lending divisions, liable on the one civil fraud charge she faced.

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SunTrust Settles Legacy Mortgage Issues with Feds and GSEs

SunTrust Banks, Inc., is ponying up millions to resolve mortgage-related legal matters, including claims pertaining to the National Mortgage Settlement, and to settle mortgage repurchase demands from Fannie and Freddie. SunTrust says its third-quarter numbers will be negatively impacted by these resolution actions, resulting in an after-tax earnings reduction of $179 million.

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Commentary: Happy (?) Anniversary

In a speech to the nation, the president described a spirit of cooperation between Democrats and Republicans and between Congress and his administration. He invited leaders of both parties to the White House to discuss an upcoming vote which he acknowledged would be a tough decision for many members of Congress. And he closed with: ""America is a nation that tackles problems head on, where leaders come together to meet great tests."" The words were not those of President Obama but of President Bush.

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