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Subprime Loan Mess: Manna for Defense Attorneys

The subprime meltdown could result in new business for white-collar defense attorneys according to Dan Levine’s article in, a legal news service.

New Century Financial Corporation, with its aggressive (to say the least) lending practices, led the die-off by announcing in Febuary 2007 that it would restate earnings. By not indicating how much it intended to restate, it drew the attention of the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as a subpoena from the grand jury of the Central District of California. At latest, New Century, now in bankruptcy, has retained top-dollar defense attorneys from Latham & Watkins; Munger, Tolles & Olson; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; and Proskauer Rose, not to mention O’Melveny & Myers.

Levine notes that New Century is located in Orange County, which is home to five of the top 10 subprime lenders. Good news for criminal and civil defense attorneys based in Orange County and Los Angeles. Bad news for Wall Street investors if they are unable to prove that subprime lenders falsified loans, knew they were doing so, and failed to disclose their fraudulent practices to the investors.

The feds seem to be taking their time assessing what, if anything, they should be doing about the subprime debacle. State attorneys general, such as New York AG Cuomo, have taken the lead by suing, in Cuomo’s case, First American Corporation, for puffing home appraisals at the behest of its biggest customer WaMu (see article below).

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