On August 19, 2011, New York Supreme Court Judge Barbara Kapnick granted the petitions to intervene by various investors, including Walnut Place LLC and affiliates, various pension funds, several Federal Home Loan Banks, and several insurance companies, in the proposed $8.5 billion settlement agreement between Bank of New York Mellon, as Trustee on behalf of holders of Countrywide Financial Corp.'s mortgage-backed securities, and Bank of America.  As a result of this decision, these intervening entities will now participate in the settlement proceedings.  New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's motion to intervene is still pending.  Decision.