(Source: Bloomberg By Karen Freifeld) – Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) was sued by Allstate Insurance Co. over the sale of more than $100 million worth of residential mortgage-backed securities that the insurer claims the bank itself called “junk” and “lemons.”Allstate asked for damages including the lost market value of the securities, plus principal and interest payments in the complaint filed today in New York state Supreme Court in Manhattan.

The insurer, based in Northbrook, Illinois, has filed similar suits against JPMorgan Chase & Co. over $700 million of mortgage-backed securities the bank sold the insurer; Credit Suisse Group AG (CSGN) units for more than $231 million of the securities; Bank of America Corp.’s Merrill Lynch unit over some $167 million; Citigroup Inc. (C), over more than $200 million; and Deutsche Bank AG (DBK), over about $185 million. Allstate said the banks misrepresented underwriting standards, owner occupancy data and loan-to-value ratios.

Source: Bloomberg By Karen Freifeld

Aug 15, 2011 9:01 PM PT

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