On August 5, 2011, Wells Fargo and KPMG announced an agreement to settle with a class of investors asserting claims based on Wachovia's 2006 acquisition of Golden West Financial Corp., a mortgage originator based in California.  Wells Fargo has agreed to pay $590 million, and KPMG will pay $37 million, for a total settlement value of $627 million.  In the suit, brought in 2008 in New York federal court, plaintiffs alleged Golden West originated loans that allowed borrowers to choose from a number of payment options, including payment for less than the interest due, called "Pick-A-Pay" loans.  The complaint further alleged that when Wachovia acquired Golden West it began selling the "Pick-A-Pay" loans, as opposed to the traditional, less risky fixed-rate loans, without adequately disclosing the risks to investors or valuing these loans properly on its balance sheet.  Plaintiffs brought claims under Sections 11, 12(a)(2), and 15 of the '33 Act.  The settlement was preliminarily approved by Judge Richard Sullivan of the Southern District of New York on August 9, 2011, and is set for a final settlement hearing in November 2011.  Motion.