The Justice Department suit against Standard & Poor’s has entered a phase where lawyers spend months arguing over procedure, and progress is slim. Tony West, who’s overseeing the case. knows the feeling: His nomination to become the agency’s No. 3 official has been blocked for half a year.
JPMorgan Chase & Co. Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon went to Washington almost a month ago to see if U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder would settle a criminal probe of mortgage fraud at the bank if it paid more money to resolve related civil investigations.
The U.S. is preparing to sue Bank of America Corp. after reaching an impasse in talks to resolve government probes of the lender’s sales of mortgage-backed bonds before the financial crisis, a person familiar with the matter said.
Nine months into her job as California attorney general, Kamala Harris found herself across the table from lawyers for five of the nation’s biggest lenders, trying to hammer out a deal to help mortgage holders weather the foreclosure crisis.