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Investor Lawsuits Are Raising the Heat on Bank of America for 'Putbacks'

When Countrywide Financial created deeply flawed mortgage-backed securities, it wasn't just selling bad financial products: It was breaking its contracts. Now some ordinary investors are suing Countrywide's buyer, Bank of America, to force it to repurchase those bad mortgages. That's their right, but there's nothing simple about this case, or its ramifications.

How Much Will Foreclosures Hurt Big Banks?

The current mortgage crisis could hurt bank earnings in several ways, not all of them directly related to the foreclosure problem. One big risk is "putbacks," the faulty loans banks could be forced to repurchase. JPMorgan puts that cost at up to $120 billion.