While it sounds like a lot of money , it is not,. The damage that was done to the economy and the lenght of time it has taken for the real estate market to recover is much greater than the settlement. I think someone should add up all of the settlements when they are completed and compare them against the cost to all home owners and investors. I am willing to bet the total of the settlements are no where near the cost to the economy and the damage to our society.

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