Federal Judge Blocks Citigroup's Mortgage Settlement With S.E.C.

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A federal judge in New York on Monday threw out a settlement between the Securities and Exchange Commission and Citigroup over a 2007 mortgage derivatives deal, saying that the S.E.C.’s policy of settling cases by allowing a company to neither admit nor deny the agency’s allegations did not satisfy the law.

The judge, Judge Jed S. Rakoff of the Federal District Court in Manhattan, ruled that the S.E.C.’s $285 million settlement, announced last month, is “neither fair, nor adequate, nor in the public interest” because it does not provide the court with evidence on which to judge the settlement.

The ruling could throw the S.E.C.’s enforcement efforts into chaos, because a majority of the fraud and other cases that the agency brings against Wall Street firms are settled out of court, most often with a condition that the defendant does not admit that it violated the law while also promising not to deny it.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/29/business/judge-rejects-sec-accord-with-citi.html?emc=na

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  • http://www.gmacmortgage.com/ Gmac Mortgage

     Looks like the dismissal will make mortgage issues more transparent to the public.

  • jdanenbe

    Congrats and much respect to the judge in this case these guys should have to admit guilt if they are guilty enough to have to pay settlements.