Jonah M. Block’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation.
- Seven foreign municipalities in a fraud and negligent misrepresentation action against subsidiaries of a national bank, concerning the sale and marketing of derivative financial products.
- Clients involved in disputes arising out of the housing market crisis, who invested in or were otherwise exposed to asset-backed securities and collateralized debt obligations and sought redress for the misrepresentations and breaches of warranties written into those financial products by the sponsoring financial institutions.
- MBIA, one of the world’s largest monoline insurers, in litigation brought by 18 of the world’s largest banks seeking to overturn MBIA’s corporate restructuring which, with the approval of the New York Department of Insurance (now the Department of Financial Services), established a separate company for MBIA’s municipal bond insurance business. After a several-week evidentiary proceeding, the New York Supreme Court ruled in favor of MBIA, upholding MBIA’s restructuring. The banks agreed to drop their challenge to MBIA’s restructuring, and MBIA then received $1.7 billion in cash and a $500 million line of credit for its municipal bond insurance business.