Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone recently profiled the woman JPMorgan Chase paid one of the largest fines in American history to keep from talking in his article, The $9 Billion Witness: Meet JPMorgan Chase’s Worst Nightmare.
On Friday, May 30, 2014, asserting that “[i]t is axiomatic that banks should not make discriminatory loans”, the City of Los Angeles filed a two-count complaint against JPMorgan Chase & Co. in Federal Court for the Central District of California.
Adding to JPMorgan Chase’s widely publicized recent legal woes, shareholder Bradley P. Miller filed a derivative suit against the bank and its directors in California federal court on January 23, 2014, as a result of the $20 billion in fines the bank paid last year for nearly a decade’s worth of alleged wrongdoing.
On Tuesday, JP Morgan Chase (JPMC) and U.S. District Attorney Preet Bharaha announced a landmark settlement of claims arising from the fraudulent schemes perpetrated by Bernard Madoff. As reported in the New York Law Journal (subscription required), Bharaha took the opportunity to highlight the message that it should stand as a clear and critical message on reporting compliance for banks and as a harbinger of things to come.
JPMorgan Chase Agrees to $13 Billion Settlement with Justice Department for Knowingly Selling Toxic Mortgage-Backed Securities
On Tuesday, the United States Justice Department announced that it finalized a settlement agreement with JPMorgan Chase for $13 billion. This settlement will resolve a multitude of state and federal investigations into JPMorgan Chase’s sale of residential mortgage-backed securities to investors between 2005 and 2008.
Late last month, we commented on JP Morgan Chase’s $5.1 billion settlement with the Fair Housing Financing Agency (FHFA), as conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The Wall Street Journal has since reported that JP Morgan will be able to deduct that entire amount on its 2013 tax returns, allowing the company to reap a $1.5 billion tax windfall.
JPMorgan Chase and Assurant Inc. recently agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit initiated in June 2012 for $300 million brought by a class of 1.3 million homeowners nationwide who claimed that they were overcharged for forced-placed insurance.
On October 25, 2013, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (“FHFA”), as conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, announced that it will receive settlement payments of $5.1 billion with J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. in connection with claims of alleged violations of federal and state securities laws related to private-label, residential mortgage-backed securities purchased by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Drama continues with JPMorgan Chase’s London Whale trades. For the few who don’t remember, the debacle emerged early last year, when trader Bruno Iksil, now known as the “London Whale,” lost a then-estimated $2 billion as a result of a series of derivatives transactions involving credit default swaps.
As part of its September 19, 2013 entry into a total of $920 million in regulatory settlements related to the “London Whale” trading loss debacle, and as part of the SEC’s new policy requiring admissions of wrongdoing in certain “egregious” cases, JP Morgan provided the SEC with an extensive set of factual admissions.