Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston

Federal Appellate Court Reinstates RMBS Action Against Moody’s

On May 2, 2016, the First Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated a $5.9B suit brought by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston (“FHLBB”), alleging that Moody’s Corp and Moody’s Investor’s Service, Inc. (together, “Moody’s”) knowingly provided false ratings on certain Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities purchased by FHLBB. The case had been dismissed for lack of personal jurisdiction by Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. of the District of Massachusetts, who also held that the court could not transfer the case to another federal court where jurisdiction would be proper because 28 U.S.C. §1631 only permitted the transfer of cases dismissed for lack of subject matter jurisdiction, rather than personal jurisdiction.

The First Circuit vacated that decision, concluding that the plain language of 28 U.S.C. §1631, the statute’s legislative history, and case law from other Circuits all weighed in favor of a ruling that the statute also permits transfer where the claims at issue were dismissed on either personal or subject matter jurisdiction grounds. Accordingly, the First Circuit remanded the case to the district court to determine whether transfer was “in the interests of justice,” in accord with the statutory requirement for transfer under 28 U.S.C. §1631.  Decision.

JP Morgan and Others Voluntarily Dismissed from FHLB Boston’s RMBS Suit

On May 8, 2015, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston filed a stipulation of voluntary dismissal with prejudice of claims it levied against JP Morgan Chase & Co., the Bear Stearns Companies Inc., EMC Mortgage Corporation and other entities.  FHLB Boston had filed suits seeking rescission and other damages under Massachusetts law, alleging that the defendant banks made material misstatements and omissions about the riskiness of the mortgage pools underlying the securities.  There was no mention in the stipulation of whether a settlement had been reached.  Stipulation.

Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston Files RMBS Suit

On April 20, 2011, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston (“FHLB Boston”) filed suit against over eighty defendants in Massachusetts state court. FHLB Boston alleges that various underwriters, depositors, individual defendants, and rating agencies made misstatements and omissions in the sale of mortgage-backed securities. The alleged misstatements and omissions include those about the originating banks’ adherence to their stated underwriting guidelines, appraisals, credit ratings, compliance with predatory lending restrictions, and the enforceability of the underlying mortgages. FHLB Boston joins several other Federal Home Loan Banks that already have filed suit in courts throughout the United States over their purchases of mortgage-backed securities, including the Federal Home Loan Banks of Atlanta, Chicago, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and Seattle. Complaint.