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Tue Feb 14, 2012, 02:27 PM

Joint State-Federal Mortgage Servicing Settlement FAQ [View all]

If you are a homeowner, start with this FAQ page
http://www.nationalmortgagesettlement.com/faq
and be sure to poke around the links on the page to find out more about the settlement, esp these pages:

http://www.nationalmortgagesettlement.com/about

http://www.nationalmortgagesettlement.com/

Important details ( to me, at least) are:

BANKS ARE STILL ACCOUNTABLE FOR OTHER CLAIMS NOT COVERED BY THIS SETTLEMENT

This agreement holds the banks accountable for their wrongdoing on robo-signing and mortgage servicing. This settlement does not seek to hold them responsible for all their wrongs over the years and the agreement and its release preserve legal options for others to pursue. Specifically, this settlement does not:

Release any criminal liability or grant any criminal immunity.
Release any private claims by individuals or any class action claims.
Release claims related to the securitization of mortgage backed securities that were at the heart of the financial crisis.
Release claims against Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems or MERSCORP.
Release any claims by a state that chooses not to sign the settlement.
End state attorneys general investigations of Wall Street related to financial fraud or the financial crisis.

The agreement settles only some aspects of the banks conduct related to the financial crisis (foreclosure practices, loan servicing, and origination of loans) in return for the second largest state attorneys general recovery in history and direct relief to distressed borrowers while they can still use it.



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