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Mortgage foreclosure talks: State attorneys general at odds

WASHINGTON (CNNMoney) — A deal to help victims of improper foreclosures has been slow going, in large part because of infighting among state attorneys general over giving banks a free pass from future lawsuits.

The talks are between the attorneys general and federal agencies on one side, and the five largest mortgage servicers, which comprise nearly 60% of the market: Bank of America (BAC, Fortune 500), Wells Fargo (WFC, Fortune 500), J.P. Morgan Chase (JPM, Fortune 500), Citigroup (C, Fortune 500) and Ally Financial (GJM).

Attorneys general in states with stronger fraud enforcement laws, such as New York, Delaware and Massachusetts, don’t want to give up the right to go after banks in future fraud lawsuits. And a few other state attorneys general have balked at the draft versions they consider too tough on the banks, according to sources familiar with the talks.

Full story: Mortgage foreclosure talks: State attorneys general at odds – Aug. 24, 2011.