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N.Y. to sue Wells Fargo, Bank of America over mortgage practices

May 06, 2013|By Andrew Tangel
  • New York Atty. Gen. Eric Schneiderman at an event last week.
New York Atty. Gen. Eric Schneiderman at an event last week. (Mike Groll / Associated…)

NEW YORK -- New York state's attorney general plans to sue Wells Fargo and Bank of America over alleged violations of a national mortgage settlement reached last year.

Atty. Gen. Eric Schneiderman's office said Monday it intends to sue the banks for "repeatedly violating the terms" of the settlement.

Schneiderman's office said it has documented since October 339 violations of tightened standards aimed at helping homeowners in danger of losing their homes.

The $25-billion settlement provided relief for homeowners across the country who had been subjected to faulty foreclosure practices by major servicers.

The agreement also set new standards for mortgage-servicing operations and required some improvements in customer service. Among the standards are four cited by Schneiderman's office that involve time lines for processing applications for mortgage modifications.

The five mortgage servicers that signed onto the settlement were legally required to take specific steps to protect homeowners, Schneiderman said in a statement.

“Wells Fargo and Bank of America have flagrantly violated those obligations, putting hundreds of homeowners across New York at greater risk of foreclosure," he said.

Schneiderman is scheduled to discuss the planned lawsuit at a news conference later Monday.  Wells Fargo declined to comment. A Bank of America representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The banks that signed on to the mortgage also included Ally Financial/GMAC, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Citigroup Inc.

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