FHFA Sues 17 Banks For More Than $200 Billion In MBS Losses

On September 2, 2011, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (“FHFA”) – the federal agency overseeing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac – filed suit against 17 major banking institutions in New York and Connecticut courts. The suits claim that the banks misrepresented the quality of the mortgage loans backing securitizations purchased by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and bring claims under Sections 11, 12, and 15 of the Securities Act of 1933. Complaints.