JPMorgan Offers Feds $3 Billion to End Mortgage Probes

JPMorgan Trading Loss Fines
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By Matt Egan

In an effort to escape a dark cloud of legal uncertainty, JPMorgan Chase has expanded negotiations with the U.S. Justice Department by offering to pay $3 billion to settle a wide range of ongoing investigations, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The expanded talks with the DOJ come just days after the largest U.S. bank agreed to shell out a whopping $920 million and admit wrongdoing to settle charges tied to the London Whale trading fiasco.

The new push to resolve cases suggest JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon and his board are increasingly willing to stomach hefty fines to lessen the company's legal uncertainties.

Some analysts have recently been warning the regulatory scrutiny threatens to hurt JPMorgan's bottom line and its relationship with customers.

While JPMorgan offered to pay $3 billion to settle a number of ongoing probes, the DOJ is arguing the company should pay billions more, the Journal reported, adding that precisely which cases might be included in a deal isn't clear.

New York-based JPMorgan didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Shares of JPMorgan (JPM) closed near session lows Tuesday following the report, ending down 2.2 percent at $50.32.

There is no shortage of pending JPMorgan probes by the U.S. government, including over the bank's hiring practices in China, alleged energy-market manipulation and the pre-crisis sale of residential mortgage securities.

JPMorgan also agreed to pay $389 million in penalties and mandated refunds last week as part of a settlement with the U.S. over allegedly unfair credit-card billing practices.

Even if JPMorgan succeeds in reaching this expanded settlement with the DOJ, it wouldn't include criminal probes underway by federal prosecutors in New York investigating the London Whale scandal and the energy-market issues, the Journal reported.

Despite JPMorgan's mounting legal problems, Steve Cutler, the bank's general counsel, continues to have the confidence of Dimon and the board, FOX Business's Charlie Gasparino reported.

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What about all those equity loans Chase bought from Washington Mutual and then refused to lower APR's to lower rates when rates went down. Chase should be criminally indicted

September 25 2013 at 11:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joseph Bianca Kurczo

Nice job, put us in bad loans, foreclose on our homes and charges us Banks fees so you can pay off the Regulators....sell the Diamond

September 25 2013 at 4:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

How about 700 billion. Then you could keep the remaining 500 billion as a gift from your corrupt politicians and help Americans you ripped off.

September 25 2013 at 10:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

How about a 16 trillion dollar fine that would help us all. After all they had a hand in bringing this economy to its knees. And how about Jaime working in the soup kitchen for a year serving meals to those he help get there. I know fantasy but would be nice to pull one of the Kings into the trenches with us and see first hand what corruption does for the average Joe..

September 25 2013 at 8:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to maloontransllc's comment

oh no he must work in one of the call centers in colletions for a year...

September 25 2013 at 9:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Am I wrong or is that a good old fashioned "BRIBE"???????

September 25 2013 at 7:56 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to johnskii's comment

No, you hit the nail dead on the head.

September 25 2013 at 8:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What a great idea for getting the country out of debt. Prosecute the illegal business activities and force a settlement upon those businesses

September 25 2013 at 7:56 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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September 25 2013 at 7:37 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

A 3 Billion dollar BRIBE offered to the U.S. Justice Department? How interesting.

September 25 2013 at 7:31 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Big Bank. Big Trouble.

September 25 2013 at 7:22 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply