AIG Bailout Trial and the Deadbeat Borrower Defense

Nothing agrivates me more than the deadbeat borrower defense. These banks and AIG were in a simultaneous loan procurement to securities exchange scheme…using the homeowners social security number (person) in the transaction …without disclosure to the homeowners.

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Posted onOctober 14, 2014by Yves Smith

It’s déjà vu all over again.

I’m only starting to dig into the AIG bailout trial by reading the transcripts and related exhibits. That means I am behind where the trial is now. However, that gives me the advantage of contrasting what is in the documents with the media reporting to date. And what is really striking is the near silence on the core argument in this case.

The Starr International v. the United States of America suit is, at its core, about whether an insolvent borrower still has the right to the protection of law. It’s thus a high-end, big-ticket replay of the same form of arguments that homeowners fighting foreclosure often tried in court to obtain a mortgage modification: we don’t dispute that we aren’t able to meet our obligations, but the party foreclosing on us needs to go through…

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