Jun 292013

By David McLaughlin, Bloomberg News, Jun 27, 2013

Bank of America Corp. and Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC) won’t face an enforcement action by state and federal officials over claims the banks violated a $25 billion mortgage-servicing settlement.

The agreement established a process for banks to fix violations and remediate harm to borrowers, a committee of states and federal agencies said in a letter today to the New York Attorney General’s office, which claims Bank of America and Wells Fargo have violated the settlement.

The oversight process “will be the most efficient path to improving services to borrowers — and, we believe, will bring about those reforms more quickly than protracted litigation on these particular issues,” the committee wrote.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in May that he intended to bring an enforcement action against Bank of America and Wells Fargo for violating terms of last year’s settlement, which provided monetary relief to homeowners and sets requirements for servicing mortgages.

Schneiderman notified the monitoring committee of his plans, saying the banks violated standards for processing mortgage modifications from homeowners. Under terms of the settlement, reached with 49 states and the U.S., if the committee declines to pursue litigation, a state can pursue its own claim after an additional 21-day period, according to New York.

To contact the reporter on this story: David McLaughlin in New York at dmclaughlin9@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: John Pickering at jpickering@bloomberg.net

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