New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has granted Clayton Holdings immunity in exchange for providing information on its due diligence work for Wall Street firms that securitized subprime mortgages. The publicly traded company says it has provided due diligence reports to the New York AG since it was first subpoenaed in June. "Now, at the request of the New York attorney general, we have entered into a cooperative agreement with his office," said Frank Filipps, Clayton's chairman and chief executive. The New York Times first reported the immunity agreement. The New York attorney general's office has not replied to requests for confirmation. Clayton performs due diligence on loans purchased by conduits, and identifies "exceptions" to the issuers' loan guidelines. The Shelton, Conn.-based company also evaluates the performance of loans once they are securitized. A company executive said the percentage of loans securitized in 2006 that had exceptions was about 30%.

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