JPMorgan's Dimon: Government Cases 'Unfair'
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JPMorgan Chase Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon said Thursday that government legal cases, including those over mortgage securities the company settled for more than $13 billion, were "unfair."

Dimon, speaking on CNBC in a prerecorded interview from Davos, Switzerland, said most of the government claims against the company were for dealings that took place at companies before JPMorgan (JPM) bought them in the financial crisis.

"I think a lot of it was unfair, but I am not going to go into the details,"
Dimon said in the television interview.

JPMorgan agreed last year to pay $13 billion to settle multiple government claims over dealings in mortgage securities at JPMorgan and at two banks it took over during the crisis, Bear Stearns and Washington Mutual.

It also settled other assorted cases for about $7 billion more. Those included allegations stemming from derivatives and electric power trading and sales of extra products to credit card customers.

Dimon said JPMorgan had "two really bad options" in choosing to settle or fight the cases. Going to court could have taken three or four years and the outcome could have been worse, he said.

"It would really hurt this company and that would have been criminal for me to subject our company to those kinds of issues," Dimon said.

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Jamie: Quit if you do not like it.

January 23 2014 at 12:18 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

What a POS - This guy was so used to having his way with bush commiting fraud he has no idea on how to be ethical

January 23 2014 at 11:41 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply

Oh my, where is my crying towel?

January 23 2014 at 11:29 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to k4jlp's comment

It's still being used by New England's head whiner, Bill Bellichick.

January 23 2014 at 11:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What's unfair, is that you and your peers aren't doing time in a Super Max prison.

January 23 2014 at 10:14 AM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply

we should not have bailed you out and let you fail.

January 23 2014 at 10:12 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply