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Financial Services Litigation

Financial Services Litigation


Smith Moore Leatherwood litigators are known throughout the Southeast and beyond for their impressive practice in handling matters of importance to the financial services industry.  Our litigators regularly advise, counsel and represent banks, savings institutions, insurance companies, mortgage servicers, finance companies, broker-dealers, financial advisors, institutional investors and other financial services providers in matters involving their business.  Our clients range from small finance companies to multi-billion dollar institutions.

Just as our clients are varied, so are the services we provide.  Smith Moore Leatherwood litigators are skilled in defending our clients against all manner of claims, including regulatory and unfair and deceptive trade practices claims arising out of banking, lending, investing and collection activities.  In addition, Smith Moore Leatherwood attorneys regularly handle litigation arising from disputes over financial instruments, loans, and complex business and financial transactions.  We represent clients in all aspects of litigation, including in arbitrations and administrative proceedings before the SEC, NASDR, NYSE, FINRA, state securities commissions, and in state and federal courts throughout the country.

Given the ever-changing regulatory environment facing this industry, Smith Moore Leatherwood's lawyers work hard to keep themselves, and their clients, current on this complex area of practice.

See also Class Actions.


From single actions to managing multiple class actions, Smith Moore Leatherwood litigators defend financial institutions in state and federal court.  Just a few representative matters include the following:

  • Faircloth v. Sovereign, United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit (2001—present) (state class action alleging violations of lending laws)
  • Bumpers v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, United States District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina (2001—present) (state class action alleging unfair and deceptive lending practices)
  • Archer v. GMAC – RFC, United States District Court, Middle District of North Carolina (2001—2003) (state class action alleging violations of lending laws)
  • Baxter v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, Wake County, North Carolina (2001—2002) (state class action alleging violation of predatory lending statute)

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