Federal Housing Finance Agency News

Supreme Court Rejects Banks’ Appeal Over Mortgage Securities Marketing

(Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court declined on Monday to hear an appeal brought by Nomura Holdings Inc. and the Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLC seeking to overturn an order requiring them to pay $839 million for making false …

FHA Chief Watt Says Force-Placed Home Insurance Changes ‘Tough’

The Federal Housing Finance Agency has yet to deliver on changes to a controversial type of homeowners’ insurance even as its director told the Senate Banking Committee last week that it’s making progress. So-called force-placed insurance, which banks buy to …

Judge Dismisses Mass. AG Coakley’s Federal Housing Lawsuit

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley against the Federal Housing Finance Agency and mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, saying the court doesn’t have oversight of the matter. Coakley sued the …

Mass. AG Sues Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Over Foreclosure Law

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley is suing the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) and the mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for allegedly violating the state’s 2012 foreclosure prevention law. The lawsuit alleges the federal housing regulators and the …

New York, Federal Office to Cooperate in Mortgage Probes

New York and federal officials will cooperate in investigations of banks bundling mortgages into troubled securities that helped cause the 2008 Wall Street collapse. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Steve Linick, the inspector general of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, …

Mortgage Lawsuits Target Individuals As Well As Banks

By suing 131 individuals in its effort to recover losses on $200 billion of mortgage debt that went sour, the federal agency overseeing mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is doing one thing that the U.S. government has largely …

Regulator Defends Suit Against Lenders Over Mortgage-Backed Securities

The U.S. Federal Housing Finance Agency said Tuesday it decided to file lawsuits against 17 financial institutions last week because the firms misrepresented the mortgages in securities filings. “At the heart of the suits is FHFA’s conclusion that the actual …