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Goldman Reaches Foreclosure Settlement With The FED & NY Regulators Calling For 25% Loan Forgiveness

New story from Reuters.


Goldman Sachs Group Inc completed the long-awaited sale of its mortgage servicing unit on Thursday after having reached agreements with the Federal Reserve and New York state's banking regulator over wrongful foreclosures.

In a deal with New York Financial Services Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky announced Thursday morning, Goldman agreed to forgive 25 percent of principal balances for struggling homeowners who are 60 days past due on mortgage payments, at a cost of $53 million. It will also compensate some home loan borrowers for wrongful foreclosures, at an indeterminate cost.

Separately the Fed ordered Goldman to hire a consultant to review foreclosures performed in 2009 to 2010 by Litton Loan Servicing LP, a mortgage-servicing business the bank sold to Ocwen Financial Corp for $264 million on Thursday.

The review is meant to identify borrowers who were wrongly foreclosed and the Fed said it believes a monetary penalty will be necessary.

While the sale of Litton would seem to close a troubled chapter for Goldman, both deals the bank struck with regulators indicate that it is not yet off the hook.

Lawsky's deal with the bank "does not preclude any future investigations of past practices or release any future claims or actions whatsoever," the state agency said in a statement.

Litton's regulatory troubles stem largely from the practice of "robosigning," in which bank employees signed foreclosure documents without reviewing case files as required by law. Many large banks, including Bank of America Corp, JPMorgan Chase & Co, Wells Fargo & Co and Citigroup Inc, have been targets of probes by state and federal regulators over the same issue.

In the deal with New York, Goldman, Litton and Ocwen agreed to stop the robosigning practice, institute new staffing and training requirements for employees handling foreclosures and withdraw pending foreclosure actions that are based on faulty paperwork.

They also agreed to compensate borrowers for wrongful foreclosures and strengthen protections for homeowners in relation to late payment fees and insurance costs.

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Reader Comments (7)

Somehow this too will be passed on to the American taxpayer (QE3 perhaps), and yet again promotions, accolades, and bonuses will abound...

And so far 0 criminal investigations.
Sep 1, 2011 at 3:54 PM | Unregistered CommenterS. Gompers
Correct tally Gompers.
Sep 1, 2011 at 4:07 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — President Barack Obama’s big speech next week about stimulating the economy and job creation is more political theater than policy.

Sep 1, 2011 at 4:08 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Sep 1, 2011 at 4:09 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Sep 1, 2011 at 8:04 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Did they feel guilty about robbing the American people?
Sep 1, 2011 at 8:29 PM | Unregistered CommenterJohn

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