Florida sued mortgage lender Countrywide Financial Corp. on Monday for predatory lending practices, alleging the company at the center of the U.S. mortgage crisis made subprime loans to people who could not repay them.
The Florida attorney general filed the lawsuit, which names Countrywide Chief Executive Angelo Mozilo as a defendant, in state court in Broward County, Florida.
So where might Countrywide's next legal jab come from?
Attorneys general from Connecticut and Iowa have also indicated they are weighing suits. The states seek restitution for borrowers who may have been victims of Countrywide's allegedly deceptive business practices. Senator Charles Schumer has also asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Countrywide's treatment of homeowners in bankruptcy.