Morgan Stanley Agrees to $63 Million FDIC Settlement Over RMBS

  • FDIC had accused bank of misrepresenting securities it sold
  • Deal with lender resulted from RMBS sales to banks that failed

Morgan Stanley will pay $63 million to settle a series of government lawsuits claiming the bank misrepresented securities it sold to banks that later failed, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said in a statement Tuesday.

The FDIC sued the New York-based lender after taking over three banks that had failed following the 2008 financial crisis. The FDIC accused Morgan Stanley of violating laws in the sale of 14 residential mortgage-backed securities offerings to the banks in Alabama, Nevada and Colorado, the agency said.

The settlement -- coordinated with the Department of Justice -- doesn’t represent “an admission or evidence of liability,” according to the agreement. This latest settlement brings the total collected from Morgan Stanley by the FDIC to $86.95 million for mortgage-backed securities claims. The money will go to cover losses the smaller banks incurred in their failures.

In December, Morgan Stanley agreed to pay $225 million to resolve lawsuits from another regulator, the National Credit Union Administration, which also accused the bank of selling faulty mortgage-backed securities. That agreement was done without the bank admitting wrongdoing.

Mark Lake, a Morgan Stanley spokesman, declined to comment.

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