Judge Rakoff yesterday issued one of his short “bottom line” Orders — with full opinion to follow — granting JP Morgan near complete summary judgment in a case in which the European bank Dexia and its former subsidiary accused Bear Stearns (later acquired by JP Morgan) of failing to comply with its stated underwriting guidelines for certain mortgage-backed securities.  Reuters’ Alison Frankel is reporting that the win reduces JP Morgan’s exposure by $770 million, to about $5.7 million.  The motion papers are here: motion; opposition; reply. Based on the transcript (here and here), it appears Judge Rakoff was likely persuaded by the fact that the plaintiffs did not read the offering documents referencing the underwriting guidelines that the complaint alleged were ignored, and, instead, the plaintiffs appeared to try to switch theories for summary judgment:
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