MGIC Sues Freddie Mac in Insurance Coverage Dispute

May 17, 2012

Mortgage insurer MGIC Investment Corp. has sued mortgage financier Freddie Mac and the Federal Housing Finance Administration to settle a dispute over coverage limits on certain insurance policies.

MGIC said on Thursday it filed the suit in federal court in Wisconsin. The disagreement has been going on for some time, and centers on loss limits on policies that insure Freddie Mac, the No. 2 provider of U.S. mortgage money.

MGIC said in April that it believes the loss limit decreases as policies lapse, while Freddie asserts that the initial limit remains in place until the last of the policies expires.

The difference in the two interpretations, the company said, is about $535 million. Had MGIC used Freddie Mac’s interpretation when calculating its results, the company said its losses would have more than tripled in the first quarter.

A Freddie Mac spokeswoman was not immediately available to comment. In a statement, MGIC said it was open to resolving the dispute out of court and that it intended to keep working with Freddie Mac on other matters outside of the court case.

Shares in MGIC fell 9 percent to $2.33 in late trading, their lowest level in about six months.

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  • May 21, 2012 at 5:34 pm
    Curious says:
    Gee, I wonder why we have a foreclosure problem in this country. We know that Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae have a spotless record. Barney Frank said they were sound and didn't... read more
  • May 21, 2012 at 5:13 pm
    Producer #1 says:
    Thanks for the comment OldMan. Yes, I did read the article carefully. That said, you know how comments go... the first comment seemed to indicated that vacant building policie... read more
  • May 21, 2012 at 3:46 pm
    OldMan says:
    MGIC sells mortgage insurance not property. That is why they are incurring losses as more foreclosures happen. Read carefully people.
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