Sunday, February 10, 2008

Who Doesn't Love a Good Old Fashioned Lawsuit?

From the NY Times. Let's everybody sue everybody else.

Wall Street banks that sold mortgage investments around the world face legal complaints from as far away as Australia and Norway. Lehman Brothers, the Wall Street bank with the biggest mortgage business, is being sued by towns in Australia that say a division of the firm improperly sold them risky mortgage-linked investments. Lehman has denied the charges and has said the unit, formerly known as Grange Securities, acted properly.

Closer to home, members of a New Jersey family have sued Lehman for $4.14 billion, saying the firm steered them into complex securities that have become difficult to sell, Bloomberg News reported Friday. Lehman denied the accusations.

In the United States, Lehman is suing at least six mortgage lenders and brokers like Fremont Investment and Loan and the Fieldstone Investment Corporation, claiming they sold Lehman dubious loans. Lehman claims that borrowers’ incomes were overstated, appraisals were inflated and the homes were in poor condition. In most cases, the lenders are fighting the allegations and Lehman’s demand that they buy back defaulted or otherwise problematic loans.

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