Deutsche Bank must face a U.S. lawsuit seeking to hold it liable for causing $3.1bn of investor losses by failing to properly monitor 10 trusts backed by toxic residential mortgages, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday.
Reuters reports that U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan in Manhattan said Belgium's Royal Park Investments SA/NV may pursue claims that the trustee Deutsche Bank National Trust Co ignored "widespread" deficiencies in how the underlying loans were underwritten and serviced, and failed to require that bad loans be repurchased.
Royal Park, which is seeking class-action status on behalf of other investors, said Deutsche Bank breached its fiduciary duties in part out of fear it might lose business or prompt retaliation over the bank's own problem loans.
"Plaintiff's allegations of high default rates, large economic losses, and widespread investigation into RMBS securitisation allow the court to draw the reasonable inference that defendant had actual knowledge" of defective loans, the judge wrote.
Nathan dismissed some secondary claims.
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