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Bank of America
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CEO Brian Moynihan had so much fun giving sworn testimony about the bank's disastrous 2008 acquisition of Countrywide Financial to attorneys for
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, he appears to be angling for a chance to do it again.
MBIA is suing Countrywide for fraud and breach of contract related to 15 mortgage securities, a case that is being watched closely since Bank of America still has untold billions on the line in related cases.
|Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan has repressed his memories of the disastrous acquisition of Countrywide
New York State Supreme Court Judge Eileen Bransten ruled in April that Moynihan would have to give testimony to attorneys for MBIA. Though Moynihan became Bank of America's CEO after the Countrywide deal had been completed, he played an important role in overseeing the integration of the two companies.
According to a May 4 court transcript recently released to the public, lead MBIA attorney Peter Calamari told Judge Bransten he "did the deposition of Mr. Monaghan [<i>sic</i>]" May 2. Calamari confirmed in a telephone interview that he was referring to CEO Moynihan, though he declined to discuss Moynihan's testimony, which is not available to the public.
Despite having taken Moynihan's testimony, Calamari complains, according to the transcript, that "I asked him about the meetings of the board discussing issues. He said, I don't remember. I need the minutes to remember."
Judge Bransten responded, "It's very simple. Mr. [Moynihan] will come back for another deposition when the minutes are produced."
However, according to Calamari's statements in court, Bank of America hasn't produced the minutes, one of several important documents he says it has been holding back.
"Your Honor, I have practiced law in this jurisdiction for nearly 40 years. And I have been involved in some of the biggest business cases that have faced this country. I have never seen more liberties taken with document production than what is going on in this case," Calamari told the judge.
Calamari eventually asked the judge to sanction Bank of America, a request the judge turned down in a June 4 decision.
"The conduct as related to the court is subject to interpretation, and the court does not find that the conduct raises to a sanctionable level," the judge wrote, adding, "This may change if [Bank of America] continues to conduct itself in a manner which may be interpreted as either deceptive or geared toward a goal of delay."