Lawler: “Foreclosure-Gate”: Who Will, and Who Should “Pay”?

Calculated Risk posts an article  by the economist’s Tom Lawler, who joked today: Maybe large servicers should be forced to put up billions in “claims fund,” like BP? (the latter “caused” slime, while the former are just “slimy”!)

What if there is a national “foreclosure moratorium” triggered by mortgage servicer mistakes that ultimately increase the severity of losses? Who “pays the price” in reality, as opposed to who “should?” Will there be lawsuits from mortgage investors whose loans and/or loans backing securities they own find that their incidence and/or severity of loss was adversely impacted by servicers mistakes, and will they be able to ensure that servicers who “screwed up” bear those losses instead of them? …