Consumer Fraud

Subprime Mess at Morgan Keegan

Another class-action lawsuit related to issues regarding the disclosure of subprime debt obligations surfaced in early February when the law firm of Chitwood, Harley, Harnes LLP filed against certain mutual funds offered by Morgan Keegan Select Fund Inc.

The suit, filed in Tennessee, claims that several of Morgan Keegan’s funds were invested in collaterized debt obligations (CDOs) that were backed by subprime mortgages. The lawsuit, like many others related to subprime debt obligations, claims investors who vested in the funds were not made aware of the fund’s full exposure to the risky loans until the loans faced greater deterioration in late 2007.

The Morgan Keegan lawsuit claims, “the funds lacked adequate controls and hedges to minimize the risk of loss from mortgage delinquencies which affected a large part of their portfolios.” The plaintiffs also say “the funds’ portfolios were materially misstated due to their failure to properly value CDOs; and the extent of the funds’ risk exposure to mortgage-backed assets was misstated.”