Thomas Gorman, a former Senior Counsel in the Securities & Exchange Commission's Division of Enforcement, says that "this suit is significant for two reasons. Initially, it is the first to be brought by the President's new working group. Perhaps more importantly, it is the first regulatory suit that focuses on the MBS market which was central to the market crisis and attempts to hold a major player in that market accountable for its action. This contrasts sharply with prior suits brought by the SEC which center on a transaction."
Considering the likelihood of JPMorgan Chase settling the charges, Gorman says "the case was just filed, so it is difficult to assess if they might settle. The fact of the matter is most of these cases do settle."
"Settling this case is complicated by the fact there are a number of class actions out there that have been pending for a while that make similar allegations, so resolving the case with the New York Attorney General could potentially impact the other cases."
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Written by Philip van Doorn in Jupiter, Fla.