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Paid in Full: Chase Satisfies Settlement Obligation Early

JPMorgan Chase has satisfied its $4 billion consumer relief obligation under the terms of a November 2013 settlement over the sales of toxic residential mortgage-backed securities to investors leading up to the crisis, according to a report from independent monitor Joseph A. Smith, Jr., released Wednesday.

The report released by Smith on Wednesday was the ninth and final report from his office on the progress of Chase toward fulfilling its settlement obligation. In that report, Smith credited the bank with providing a total of more than $4.06 billion in consumer relief to 168,960 borrowers as of March 31, 2016. Chase paid off its settlement obligation a year and nine months early—under the terms of the settlement, the bank had until December 31, 2017, to pay it off.

“Chase has satisfied its consumer relief obligation,” said Smith. “The servicer has provided more than $4.06 billion to more than 168,000 borrowers before the deadline specified in the settlement.”

The consumer relief was administered in three categories—modification or forgiveness/forbearance ($2.02 billion to 44,500 borrowers), rate reduction ($874 million to 34,700 borrowers), and low- to moderate-income (LMI) and disaster area lending ($1.17 billion to 89,700 borrowers). In the latter category, $476.5 million of the relief came in the form of lending to 41,400 first-time LMI homebuyers.

“We are pleased to have fulfilled our requirements under the settlement,” Chase said in a statement. “The $20 billion in consumer relief we’ve provided to customers over the last several years is part of our ongoing efforts to help families and communities that may be struggling.”

Chase settled with the government in November 2013 for a then-record $13 billion amid claims that the bank, along with Bear Stearns and Washington Mutual, sold faulty residential mortgage-backed securities to investors prior to the financial crisis. Chase was required to make $9 billion in direct payments to government agencies and five states and provide $4 billion in consumer relief under the settlement.

Click here to view the monitor’s complete report.

Click here to view a fact sheet on the consumer relief Chase has provided through the settlement.

About Author: Seth Welborn

Seth Welborn is a Harding University graduate with a degree in English and a minor in writing. He is a contributing writer for MReport. An East Texas Native, he has studied abroad in Athens, Greece and works part-time as a photographer.
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