Wells sues JPMorgan over 800 mortgage loans

(Reuters) – JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE:JPMNews) was sued by Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE:WFCNews), which seeks to force it to buy back more than 800 soured mortgage loans that it oversees as trustee.

In a complaint made public on Wednesday in the Delaware Chancery Court, Wells Fargo accused JPMorgan’s EMC Mortgage LLC unit of refusing its demands that EMC buy back the loans, which were contained in Bear Stearns Mortgage Funding Trust 2007-AR2.

JPMorgan bought Bear Stearns and its EMC unit in 2008.

In the complaint, Wells Fargo said EMC and its affiliates routinely approved mortgage loans despite “clear defects” in loan applications, including faulty appraisals and inflated borrower incomes.

It also said a forensic review showed that EMC breached representations and warranties on 89 percent of a sample of 948 of mortgage loans.

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