Banks Fight Mortgage Principal Reduction

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At the end of a day-long negotiation session over the foreclosure paperwork mess at the Department of Justice, Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller and Associate Attorney General Thomas Perrelli came out for a brief chat with reporters.

They essentially said nothing.

Miller: “We had a good first meeting with the banking and servicer industry- emphasis on good and first. It was a first meeting, it was a breaking of the ice, and that takes some time and is part of the process. The discussion was good—I think it was on a good level, given the exchange of ideas and rationale and principles. I think we have a long way to go—again emphasis on first meeting.”

Perrelli: “Tom Miller is a fantastic partner, we’re lucky to be working together. I’ll echo what Tom said, I think it was a very productive first meeting, with serious discussion of a wide range of challenges and problems in the mortgage servicing industry.”

The banks weren’t talking, at least the representatives in the meeting weren’t talking, nor were their spokespeople. But big bank executives have been commenting on the biggest sticking point in a potential settlement over foreclosure practices: Principal reduction.

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