In the wake of Judge Carter’s order granting motions to dismiss the FDIC’s gross negligence and alter ego-type claims against LSI Appraisal and CoreLogic Valuation Services, the FDIC has filed first amended complaints against the appraisal management companies in each case.  It also has reserved the right to later appeal those rulings.

In its amended complaints, the FDIC does not seek to re-plead any negligence or other tort claims.  Instead, the FDIC recasts its breach of contract claim in each lawsuit into 2 parts: (1) for breaches relating to appraisals delivered prior to the execution of the comprehensive written contract between each AMC and WaMu (a small number of appraisals in each case for which the FDIC seeks damages of $8 million against LSI and $15 million against CoreLogic), and (2) for breaches relating to appraisals delivered during the period covered by each executed contract (a much larger number of appraisals in each case for which the FDIC seeks $145 million in damages against LSI and $113 million against CoreLogic).  If this strategy succeeds, it would aid the FDIC by blunting some of the effect of the limitations of liability found in each company’s comprehensive contract with WaMu.  Aiming for that same goal, the FDIC also has added a brief allegation that any cap on liability should be disregarded because of each AMC’s alleged gross negligence — the FDIC’s presumed theory being that under New York law, parties generally cannot limit their liability for gross negligence.  Here is that allegation from the amended complaint against CoreLogic:

It is significant that the FDIC has not sought to add additional appraisals to each suit (at this time).

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.