Another David vs Goliath Lawsuit?

97lb_weakling
Often I hear comments that portrays the institutions (governments, central banks and others) as a invincible 800 pound ape while simultaneously portraying the people as powerless 90 pound weaklings.
Yes, governments apparently are the protection arm of the money masters, and billion dollar fines are a pittance or merely the cost of doing criminal business without ever going to prison or out of business.
Below is a report of a non-profit corporation filing a legal complaint against the Department of Justice and Eric Holder having slim chance of winning in court. But, it is possible that the government will lose in court; at a minimum more secrets should be revealed. ~Ron
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Posted on February 11, 2014 by Yves Smith

Better Markets Sues Department of Justice and Eric Holder Over JP Morgan Settlement

The public interest group Better Markets today filed suit against the Department of Justice and Eric Holder, alleging that the so-called $13 billion settlement that the Federal government entered into with the nation’s biggest bank was improper due to its secrecy and lack of third-party review.

Here are the guts of the allegations:

6. Yet this contract was the product of negotiations conducted entirely in secret, behind closed doors, in significant part by the Attorney General personally, who directly negotiated with the CEO of JP Morgan Chase, the bank’s “chief negotiator.”…

7. Thus, the Executive Branch, through DOJ, acted as investigator, prosecutor, judge, jury, sentencer, and collector, without any review or approval of its unilateral and largely secret actions….The Executive Branch simply does not have the unilateral power or authority to do so by entering a mere contract with the private entity without any constitutional checks and balances.

8. Notwithstanding such extensive and historic illegal conduct that resulted in a $13 billion payment, the DOJ did not disclose the identity of a single JP Morgan Chase executive, officer, or employee, no matter how involved in or responsible for the illegal conduct. In fact, the DOJ did not even disclose the number of executives, officers, or employees involved in the illegal conduct or if any of them are still executives, officers, or employees of JP Morgan Chase today. Moreover, the DOJ did not disclose the material details of what these individuals did, when or how they did it, or to whom and with what consequences. The DOJ was even silent as to which specific laws were violated, to what degree, and by what conduct. The DOJ also did not disclose even an estimate of the amount of damage JP Morgan Chase’s years of illegal conduct caused or how much money it made or how much money its clients, customers, counterparties, and investors lost. Remarkably, the DOJ does not even clearly state the period for which it is granting JP Morgan Chase immunity…

10. As a result, no one has any ability to determine if the $13 Billion Agreement is fair, adequate, reasonable, and in the public interest or if it is a sweetheart deal entered into behind closed doors that, by design, intent, or effect, let the biggest, most powerful, and wellconnected bank in the U.S. off cheaply and quietly….

11. For example, did JP Morgan Chase settle liability for $100 billion, $200 billion, or more for just $13 billion? Did JP Morgan Chase make $20 billion, $40 billion, or more from its illegal conduct? Should JP Morgan Chase have disgorged $20 billion, $40 billion, or more in ill-gotten gains? Are the same executives, officers, and employees involved in the settled illegal conduct in the same or similar positions of trust and responsibility today, and if so, what measures have been taken to ensure their illegal conduct is not repeated?

12. In addition, why is the $13 billion the only sanction against JP Morgan Chase?

Complaint – Better Markets v. U.S. Department of Justice
http://www.scribd.com/document_downloads/206070627?extension=pdf&from=embed&source=embed

READ MORE: nakedcapitalism.com
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SIMILAR:
https://ronmamita.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/game-changing-lawsuit-could-help-farmers-fight-monsanto/
https://ronmamita.wordpress.com/2013/11/23/7-trillion-dollar-lawsuit-accuses-central-bank-of-embezzling/
https://ronmamita.wordpress.com/2013/06/14/3-billion-class-action-lawsuit/
https://ronmamita.wordpress.com/2014/01/24/government-gangsters-investigation/
https://ronmamita.wordpress.com/2013/08/23/obama-doj-asks-court-to-grant-immunity-to-george-w-bush-for-iraq-war/
https://ronmamita.wordpress.com/2013/08/17/u-s-justice-department-files-appeal-to-block-bernanke-from-testifying-in-court/
https://ronmamita.wordpress.com/2013/08/10/money-current-court-cases/
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3 comments on “Another David vs Goliath Lawsuit?
  1. Reblogged this on Spartan of Truth and commented:
    I think they should open the same case against any bank that took bailouts and or paid a settlement amount since 2001. But, that’s just me. Thanks for posting this Ron.

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    • RonMamita says:

      Thank you SOT.

      Some investigations are by major institutions (such as governments and large financial associations), but some are legal cases by small companies and individuals.
      But the net effect is that more secrets are being revealed and the lost of public trust and confidence is wrecking their financial hegemony.

      Couple this with the looming debt bubbles (government debts), deflation in wages, and global trend of joblessness the reasons for financial planners to fear are evident.
      More calls are for bankers to be prosecuted on criminal charges.

      Below is a related post:
      https://ronmamita.wordpress.com/2014/02/15/brief-legal-financial-probes-ripples/

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  2. RonMamita says:

    BAP Panel Raises the Stakes Against Deutsch et al — Secured Status May be Challenged

    Fur Further Information please call 954-495-9867 or 520-405-1688

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    ALERT FOR BANKRUPTCY LAWYERS — SECURED STATUS OF ALLEGED CREDITOR IS NOT TO BE ASSUMED

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    I have long held and advocated three points:

    1. The filing of false claims in the nonjudicial process of a majority of states should not result in success where the same false claims could never be proven in judicial process. Nonjudicial process was meant as an administrative remedy to foreclosures that were NOT in dispute. Any application of nonjudicial schemes that allows false claims to succeed where they would fail in a judicial action is unconstitutional.
    2. The filing of a bankruptcy petition that shows property to be encumbered by virtue of a deed of trust is admitting a false representation made by a stranger to the transaction. The petition for bankruptcy relief should be filed showing that the property is not encumbered and the adversary or collateral proceeding to nullify the mortgage and the note should accompany each filing where the note and mortgage are subject to claims of securitization or a “new” beneficiary.
    3. The vast majority of decisions against borrowers result from voluntary or involuntary waiver, ignorance and failure to plead or object on the basis of false claims based on false documentation. The issue is not the signature (although that probably is false too); rather it is (a) the actual transaction which is missing and the (b) false documentation of a (i) fictitious transaction and (ii) fictitious transfers of fictitious (and non-fictitious) transactions. The result is often that the homeowner has admitted to the false assertion of being a borrower in relation to the party making the claim, admitting the secured status of the “creditor”, admitting that they are a creditor, admitting that they received a loan from within the chain claimed by the “creditor”, admitting the default, admitting the validity of the note and admitting the validity of the mortgage or deed of trust — thus leaving both the trial and appellate courts with no choice but to rule against the homeowner. Thus procedurally a false claim becomes “true” for purposes of that case.

    see 11/24/14 Decision: MEMORANDUM-_-ANTON-ANDREW-RIVERA-DENISE-ANN-RIVERA-Appellants-v.-DEUTSCHE-BANK-NATIONAL-TRUST-COMPANY-Trustee-of-Certificate-Holders-of-the-WAMU-Mortgage-Pass-Through-Certificate-Series-2005-AR6

    This decision is breath-taking. What the Panel has done here is fire a warning shot over the bow of the California Supreme Court with respect to the APPLICATION of the non-judicial process. AND it takes dead aim at those who make false claims on false debts in both nonjudicial and judicial process. Amongst the insiders it is well known that your chances on appeal to the BAP are less than 15% whereas an appeal to the District Judge, often ignored as an option, has at least a 50% prospect for success.

    So the fact that this decision comes from the BAP Panel which normally rubber stamps decisions of bankruptcy judges is all the more compelling. One word of caution that is not discussed here is the the matter of jurisdiction. I am not so sure the bankruptcy judge had jurisdiction to consider the matters raised in the adversary proceeding. I think there is a possibility that jurisdiction would be present before the District Court Judge, but not the Bankruptcy Judge.

    From one of my anonymous sources within a significant government agency I received the following:

    This case is going to be a cornucopia of decision material for BK courts nationwide (and others), it directly tackles all the issues regarding standing and assignment (But based on Non-J foreclosure, and this is California of course……) it tackles Glaski and Glaski loses, BUT notes dichotomy on secured creditor status….this case could have been even more , but leave to amend was forfeited by borrower inaction—– it is part huge win, part huge loss as it relates to Glaski, BUT IT IS DIRECTLY APPLICABLE TO CHASE/WAMU CASES……….Note in full case how court refers to transfer of “some of WAMU’s assets”, tacitly inferring that the court WILL NOT second guess what was and was not transferred………… i.e, foreclosing party needs to prove this!!

    AFFIRMED- NO SECURED PARTY STATUS FOR BK PROVEN

    Even though Siliga, Jenkins and Debrunner may preclude the

    Riveras from attacking DBNTC’s foreclosure proceedings by arguing

    that Chase’s assignment of the deed of trust was a nullity in

    light of the absence of a valid transfer of the underlying debt,

    we know of no law precluding the Riveras from challenging DBNTC’s assertion of secured status for purposes of the Riveras’ bankruptcy case. Nor did the bankruptcy court cite to any such law.

    We acknowledge that our analysis promotes the existence of two different sets of legal standards – one applicable in nonjudicial foreclosure proceedings and a markedly different one for use in ascertaining creditors’ rights in bankruptcy cases.

    But we did not create these divergent standards. The California legislature and the California courts did. We are not the first to point out the divergence of these standards. See CAL. REAL EST., at § 10:41 (noting that the requirements under California law for an effective assignment of a real-estate-secured obligation may differ depending on whether or not the dispute over the assignment arises in a challenge to nonjudicial foreclosure proceedings).
    We must accept the truth of the Riveras’ well-pled
    allegations indicating that the Hutchinson endorsement on the
    note was a sham and, more generally, that neither DBNTC nor Chase
    ever obtained any valid interest in the Riveras’ note or the loan
    repayment rights evidenced by that note. We also must
    acknowledge that at least part of the Riveras’ adversary
    proceeding was devoted to challenging DBNTC’s standing to file
    its proof of claim and to challenging DBNTC’s assertion of
    secured status for purposes of the Riveras’ bankruptcy case. As
    a result of these allegations and acknowledgments, we cannot
    reconcile our legal analysis, set forth above, with the
    bankruptcy court’s rulings on the Riveras’ second amended
    complaint. The bankruptcy court did not distinguish between the
    Riveras’ claims for relief that at least in part implicated the
    parties’ respective rights in the Riveras’ bankruptcy case from
    those claims for relief that only implicated the parties’
    respective rights in DBNTC’s nonjudicial foreclosure proceedings.

    THEY REJECT GLASKI-

    Here, we note that the California Supreme Court recently

    granted review from an intermediate appellate court decision
    following Jenkins and rejecting Glaski. Yvanova v. New Century
    Mortg. Corp., 226 Cal.App.4th 495 (2014), review granted &
    opinion de-published, 331 P.3d 1275 (Cal. Aug 27, 2014). Thus,
    we eventually will learn how the California Supreme Court views
    this issue. Even so, we are tasked with deciding the case before
    us, and Ninth Circuit precedent suggests that we should decide
    the case now, based on our prediction, rather than wait for the
    California Supreme Court to rule. See Hemmings, 285 F.3d at
    1203; Lewis v. Telephone Employees Credit Union, 87 F.3d 1537,
    1545 (9th Cir. 1996). Because we have no convincing reason to
    doubt that the California Supreme Court will follow the weight of
    authority among California’s intermediate appellate courts, we
    will follow them as well and hold that the Riveras lack standing
    to challenge the assignment of their deed of trust based on an
    alleged violation of a pooling and servicing agreement to which
    they were not a party.

    BUT……… THEY DO SUCCEED ON SECURED STATUS

    Even though the Riveras’ first claim for relief principally

    relies on their allegations regarding the assignment’s violation
    of the pooling and servicing agreement, their first claim for
    relief also explicitly incorporates their allegations challenging
    DBNTC’s proof of claim and disputing the validity of the
    Hutchinson endorsement. Those allegations, when combined with
    what is set forth in the first claim for relief, are sufficient
    on their face to state a claim that DBNTC does not hold a valid
    lien against the Riveras’ property because the underlying debt
    never was validly transferred to DBNTC. See In re Leisure Time
    Sports, Inc., 194 B.R. at 861 (citing Kelly v. Upshaw, 39 Cal.2d
    179 (1952) and stating that “a purported assignment of a mortgage
    without an assignment of the debt which it secured was a legal
    nullity.”).
    While the Riveras cannot pursue their first claim for relief
    for purposes of directly challenging DBNTC’s pending nonjudicial
    foreclosure proceedings, Debrunner, 204 Cal.App.4th at 440-42,
    the first claim for relief states a cognizable legal theory to
    the extent it is aimed at determining DBNTC’s rights, if any, as
    a creditor who has filed a proof of secured claim in the Riveras’
    bankruptcy case.

    TILA CLAIM UPHELD!—–

    Fifth Claim for Relief – for violation of the Federal Truth In Lending Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1641(g)

    The Riveras’ TILA Claim alleged, quite simply, that they did
    not receive from DBNTC, at the time of Chase’s assignment of the
    deed of trust to DBNTC, the notice of change of ownership
    required by 15 U.S.C. § 1641(g)(1). That section provides:
    In addition to other disclosures required by this
    subchapter, not later than 30 days after the date on
    which a mortgage loan is sold or otherwise transferred
    or assigned to a third party, the creditor that is the
    new owner or assignee of the debt shall notify the
    borrower in writing of such transfer, including–

    (A) the identity, address, telephone number of the new

    creditor;

    (B) the date of transfer;

     

    (C) how to reach an agent or party having authority to

    act on behalf of the new creditor;

    (D) the location of the place where transfer of

    ownership of the debt is recorded; and

    (E) any other relevant information regarding the new

    creditor.

    The bankruptcy court did not explain why it considered this claim as lacking in merit. It refers to the fact that the
    Riveras had actual knowledge of the change in ownership within
    months of the recordation of the trust deed assignment. But the
    bankruptcy court did not explain how or why this actual knowledge
    would excuse noncompliance with the requirements of the statute.
    Generally, the consumer protections contained in the statute
    are liberally interpreted, and creditors must strictly comply
    with TILA’s requirements. See McDonald v. Checks–N–Advance, Inc.
    (In re Ferrell), 539 F.3d 1186, 1189 (9th Cir. 2008). On its
    face, 15 U.S.C. § 1640(a)(2)(A)(iv) imposes upon the assignee of
    a deed of trust who violates 15 U.S.C. § 1641(g)(1) statutory
    damages of “not less than $400 or greater than $4,000.”
    While the Riveras’ TILA claim did not state a plausible
    claim for actual damages, it did state a plausible claim for
    statutory damages. Consequently, the bankruptcy court erred when
    it dismissed the Riveras’ TILA claim.

    LAST, THEY GOT REAR ENDED FOR NOT SEEKING LEAVE TO AMEND

    Here, however, the Riveras did not argue in either the bankruptcy court or in their opening appeal brief that the court should have granted them leave to amend. Having not raised the issue in either place, we may consider it forfeited. See Golden v. Chicago Title Ins. Co. (In re Choo), 273 B.R. 608, 613 (9th Cir. BAP 2002).

    Even if we were to consider the issue, we note that the

    bankruptcy court gave the Riveras two chances to amend their
    complaint to state viable claims for relief, examined the claims
    they presented on three occasions and found them legally
    deficient each time. Moreover, the Riveras have not provided us
    with all of the record materials that would have permitted us a
    full view of the analyses and explanations the bankruptcy court
    offered them when it reviewed the Riveras’ original complaint and
    their first amended complaint. Under these circumstances, we
    will not second-guess the bankruptcy court’s decision to deny
    leave to amend. See generally In re Nordeen, 495 B.R. at 489-90
    (examining multiple opportunities given to the plaintiffs to
    amend their complaint and the bankruptcy court’s efforts to
    explain to them the deficiencies in their claims, and ultimately
    determining that the court did not abuse its discretion in
    denying the plaintiffs leave to amend their second amended
    complaint).

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