On October 31, 2011, Justice Bransten of the Supreme Court for the State of New York denied Bank of America's ("BofA") motion to split the successor liability claims from four separate lawsuits pending against the bank and consolidate those claims into a single case.  Four monoline insurers that insured Countrywide mortgage-backed securities – MBIA Inc., Syncora Guarantee Inc., Ambac Assurance Corp., and Financial Guaranty Insurance Co. – have sued BofA and Countrywide for fraud and breach of contract.  BofA argued that the nearly identical successor liability claims in the four suits should be severed from the individual cases, consolidated, and stayed until after primary liability is decided.  Justice Bransten agreed the claims were similar but found severance and consolidation would prejudice MBIA, the first to file suit, by unduly delaying its claims while the other insurers conduct discovery.  Decision.