On September 29, 2011 two German banks, Landesbank Sachsen AG and Landesbank Baden-Wurttemberg, and the banks' Irish asset manager, Sealink, filed three suits in New York state court.  Plaintiffs name Bank of America Corp., JP Morgan, Countrywide Financial Corp., Bear Stearns, Washington Mutual, and certain Countrywide executives in claims for fraudulent and negligent misrepresentation, aiding and abetting, and vicarious and successor liability.  Plaintiffs allege that the defendants concealed the risks of the underlying mortgages through alleged misstatements as to originator underwriting practices and allegedly overstated appraisals.  Plaintiffs seek compensatory, rescissory, and punitive damages.  Index No. 652680/2011 Index No. 652681/2011Index No. 652679/2011.