Nonprofit Seeks to Enjoin DOJ Settlement with JP Morgan

On February 10, non-profit corporation Better Markets, Inc., filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia against the United States Department of Justice and the Attorney General of the United States.  The complaint seeks injunctive and declaratory relief in connection with the recent US$13 billion settlement between DOJ and JPMorgan Chase & Co.  The settlement covers allegedly misleading conduct in RMBS securitizations.  Better Markets alleges that the DOJ did not have the authority to confidentially negotiate the settlement and then enter into the deal without court approval.  Better Markets asks the court to enjoin the DOJ from enforcing the agreement unless it is reviewed by a court, and to declare that the DOJ violated the Administrative Procedures Act and 28 U.S.C. Section 2201(a).  Complaint.