April 23, 2013
In the wake of the 2008 Financial Crisis, Standard & Poor’s (S&P) has been accused of inflating its ratings to win business during the boom in mortgage investments. The Justice Department brought civil fraud charges accusing S.& P of knowingly giving complex packages of mortgages higher ratings than they deserved, stoking investor demand for the securities and driving up prices to where they crashed.
It has urged the court to dismiss the federal government’s civil case against it, saying the Justice Department had built a faulty complaint on “isolated snippets” of conversations rather than evidence of real wrongdoing. A hearing is scheduled for May 20.
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