Wednesday, November 23, 2011

JPMorgan Sued by BayernLB Over Mortgage-Backed Securities

Perhaps we should start an SD office pool on whether derivatives, litigation, or its naked short silver position will destroy JP Morgan first.  Any takers?

Nov. 22 (Bloomberg) -- JPMorgan Chase & Co., the biggest U.S. bank by assets, was sued for fraud by German lender Bayerische Landesbank over losses on about $2.1 billion in mortgage-backed securities.

JPMorgan units concealed the truth about the poor quality of the loans underlying the securities and knew that credit ratings misrepresented their risk, BayernLB said in a lawsuit filed yesterday in New York State Supreme Court.

“This misconduct has resulted in astounding rates of default on the loans,” BayernLB said. Most of the securities have been downgraded to junk, it said.
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