No class certification for BofA toxic adjustables

A federal judge rejected class certification for more than 500,000 borrowers who say predatory lending schemes made them fall victim to “toxic” adjustable-rate or subprime-mortgage loans offered by Countrywide and Bank of America. In their consolidated class action, which alleges RICO violations, unfair competition and other claims, homeowners say that Countrywide and other lenders engaged …

How crappy U.S. mortgages hurt Ireland and Germany

JPMorgan Chase & Co and Bank of America Corp were hit with new lawsuits by investors claiming losses on $4.5 billion of soured mortgage debt, adding to litigation targeting the two largest U.S. banks. The plaintiff Sealink Funding Ltd said it lost money after buying nearly $2.4 billion of residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) from JPMorgan …

Bank of America slashes costs with 40000 layoffs

Bank of America Corp. is preparing to slash 40,000 or more jobs nationwide, a dramatic retrenchment that reflects the deepening woes of the country’s largest bank and the magnitude of the U.S. economic slowdown. The layoffs will come mainly from the BofA’s sprawling consumer-banking operations. Bank of America (BofA) hopes to fashion a smaller but …