The FDIC has now taken over more than 250 failed banks since January 1, 2008.  As the receiver for these failed banks, the FDIC has filed over 160 lawsuits against mortgage brokers, title companies, attorneys, appraisers, borrowers and other parties it blames for the banks’ losses.  So far, the stakes have been relatively small. What remained to be seen was just how hard the FDIC intended to push and whether its litigation efforts would come to resemble the tactics of the RTC.

The answer is in: it looks like the FDIC will take it to the limit.  This answer comes from the lawsuit the FDIC filed on July 2, 2010 in the Central District of California as receiver for failed Indymac Bank. 

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Peter Christensen

I am an attorney and principal of the Christensen Law Firm. The matters that I handle and the clients whom I serve are focused on valuation services. My work ranges from the regulatory and structural details of providing valuation services to professional liability and disciplinary issues.