September 9, 2014

Reiss on FIRREA Penalties

By David Reiss

Bloomberg quoted me in S&P Faces Squeeze After $1.3 Billion Countrywide Fine. It opens, Standard & Poor’s (MHFI)’ chances of settling the government’s lawsuit over mortgage-bond ratings for less than $1 billion may have slipped away after Bank of America … Continue reading

June 18, 2014

S&P Must Face The Orchestra on Rating Failure

By David Reiss

After many state Attorneys General brought suit against S&P over the objectivity of their ratings, S&P sought to consolidate the cases in federal court. Judge Furman (SDNY) has issued an Opinion and Order in In Re:  Standard & Poor’s Rating … Continue reading

October 3, 2013

Rating Agency 1st Amendment Defense Weakened, Again

By David Reiss

Federal District Judge O’Toole (D. Mass.) issued an Opinion and Order in Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston v. Ally Financial Inc. et al., No. 11-10952 (Sept. 30, 2013)  relating to the potential liability of S&P and Moody’s (the Rating … Continue reading

September 17, 2013

Moody Misrepresentation

By David Reiss

Judge Daniels (SDNY) granted Moody’s motion for summary judgment in In re Moody’s Corporation Securities Litigation, No. 07 Civ. 8375 (Aug. 23, 2013). This is a big win for Moody’s, but I did find the following passage striking in its … Continue reading

September 13, 2013

Round One to California in Suit Against S&P

By David Reiss

California Superior Court Judge Karnow issued a Memorandum Order Overruling Defendants’ Demurrers in California v. The McGraw-Hill Cos. et al., CGC-13-528491 (Aug. 14, 2013 San Francisco County).   California Attorney General Harris alleged “that S&P intentionally inflated its ratings for … Continue reading

July 18, 2013

DoJ All FIRREA-ed Up With S&P Suit

By David Reiss

Law360 quoted me in a story, Prosecutors Unleashed As $5B S&P Action Rolls On (behind a paywall), about DoJ’s success in fending off S&P’s motion to dismiss its FIRREA case. It reads in part While the latest ruling against S&P … Continue reading

July 17, 2013

What Was S&P Puffing?

By David Reiss

I have been closely following DoJ’s suit against S&P since the complaint was filed in February (and see here, here and here).  DoJ alleges that S&P “issued or confirmed ratings that did not accurately reflect true credit risks” and seeks … Continue reading