On July 21, 2008 and August 20, 2008 we reported on the early stages of a class action lawsuit filed by mortgage loan borrowers against now-defunct Washington Mutual, Inc. (“WaMu”), for alleged violations of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act. The borrowers contended that WaMu collected illegal kickbacks from private mortgage insurance providers who had agreed to reinsure the borrowers’ mortgage insurance with WaMu’s captive reinsurer. After WaMu failed the court substituted as a party the FDIC in its capacity as receiver for WaMu. The court has now granted FDIC’s motion to dismiss the action. The court held that the relief sought by the borrowers, treble damages under RESPA, constitutes a penalty, which, under the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989, may not be awarded against the FDIC in its capacity as receiver. Alexander v. Washington Mutual, Inc., Case No. 07-4426 (USDC E.D. Pa. June 28, 2011).