JPMorgan Reaches Tentative $13 Billion Settlement with Justice Department
This is the dumbest thing I have ever read. I received a letter from Chase that stated if I deposit $50,000 or more, I will be charged a fee.
By Kevin McCoy
Here’s a list of what the fines and settlements have cost JPMorgan Chase to date in the fallout of the 2008 financial crisis, not including the tentative settlement reached with the Justice Department Saturday of $13 billion:
Oct. 2013: $100 million: Agreed to pay a $100 million fine and admit to reckless conduct and market manipulation in connection with its 2012 “London whale” trading debacle, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced.
Sept. 2013: $920 million – Paid to the Federal Reserve, Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of Comptroller of the Currency and the United Kingdom’s Financial Conduct Authority to settle claims about management and oversight of traders involved in the “London Whale” disaster. The bank also admitted wrongdoing in the trading episode, which caused roughly $6 billion in losses.
Sept. 2013: $389 million – A total of $80 million in fines paid plus $309 million in refunds after regulators charged that more than 2.1 consumers were harmed by unfair billing practices that charged for credit monitoring services they did not receive. The settlement also covered allegations that consumers were harmed by mistakes in thousands of debt-collection lawsuits.
July 2013: $410 million – Penalties and repayments related to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission findings of alleged bidding manipulation of California and Midwest electricity markets from Sept. 2010 through Nov. 2012.
January 2013 and Feb. 2012: $1.8 billion – Two agreements in which JPMorgan joined other major banks in a nationwide settlement over allegations the institutions improperly carried out home foreclosures after the housing market crisis. JPMorgan also agreed to $3.7 billion for financially troubled homeowners and roughly $540 million in refinancing.
November 2012: $296.9 million – Paid to settle SEC allegations that the bank misstated information about the delinquency status of mortgages that served as financial collateral for a securities offering underwritten by the bank. JPMorgan received more than $2.7 million in fees on the offering, while investors sustained at least $37 million in losses.
August 2012: $1.2 billion – The bank’s share of a broad settlement resolving a class-action lawsuits that alleged JPMorgan, other banks, Visa and Mastercard improperly conspired to set the price of credit and debit card interchange fees.
April 2012: $20 million – Paid to settle Commodity Futures Trading Commission allegations that the bank improperly extended credit to Lehman Brothers based in part on customer funds that were required to be kept separate.
August 2011: $88.3 million – Fines settling allegations by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control that the bank improperly processed transactions involving Cuba, Iran and Sudan.
July 2011: $228 million – Settling SEC allegations that the bank fraudulently rigged at least 93 municipal bond transactions in 31 states, generating millions of dollars in ill-gotten gains.
June 2011: $153.6 million – Penalties to the SEC in settling allegations that the bank misled investors about a collateralized debt obligation it marketed without telling them a hedge fund chosen the underlying collateral and made investment bets it would fail.
April 2011: $56 million – Paid to settle claims the bank overcharged active-duty service members on their mortgages. The agreement included $27 million in cash to approximately 6,000 military personnel, lower interest rates on soldiers’ home loans and the return of homes taken in improper foreclosures.
June 2010: $48.6 million – Fine paid to settle allegations by Great Britain’s financial regulator that the bank’s London unit failed to maintain required separation between clients’ accounts and JPMorgan funds.