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Home Price Gains Helped B of A Get $8.5B Settlement Approved

FEB 3, 2014 3:58pm ET

Housing recovery may have contributed to the recent New York State Supreme Court approval of an $8.5 billion settlement between securitization investors and Bank of America, according to Fitch.

Litigants had dropped some objections over the last two years given housing-related improvements in private-label residential mortgage-backed securities performance. Approval of the settlement likely reflected this, analysts at the ratings agency noted in a report Monday.

Bank of America has enough reserves to cover this settlement, but still faces uncertainties related to a potential appeal related to loan modifications. It also has remaining litigation exposure in New York and California related to Federal Housing Finance Agency securitization claims, Fitch noted.