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Coughlin Stoia Geller Rudman & Robbins LLP Files Class Action Suit Involving Mortgage Backed Securities of Citigroup Mortgage Loan Trust Inc.

NEW YORK -- Coughlin Stoia Geller Rudman & Robbins LLP ("Coughlin Stoia") ( today announced that a class action has been commenced on behalf of an institutional investor in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York on behalf of purchasers of Citigroup Mortgage Loan Trust Inc. ("Citigroup Mortgage") Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates and Asset-Backed Pass-Through Certificates (collectively, the "Certificates") pursuant and/or traceable to the false and misleading Registration Statement and Prospectus Supplements issued during 2007 (collectively, the "Registration Statements"). The class includes purchasers of Certificates in the following trusts:

If you wish to serve as lead plaintiff, you must move the Court no later than 60 days from today. If you wish to discuss this action or have any questions concerning this notice or your rights or interests, please contact plaintiff's counsel, Darren Robbins of Coughlin Stoia at 800/449-4900 or 619/231-1058, or via e-mail at If you are a member of this class, you can view a copy of the complaint or join this class action online at Any member of the putative class may move the Court to serve as lead plaintiff through counsel of their choice, or may choose to do nothing and remain an absent class member.

The complaint charges Citigroup Mortgage, certain of its officers and directors and the issuers and underwriters of the Certificates with violations of the Securities Act of 1933. Citigroup Mortgage was formed for the purpose of acquiring, owning and transferring mortgage loan assets and selling interests in them. Citigroup Mortgage is an affiliate of Citigroup Global Markets Inc. ("Citigroup Global").

The complaint alleges that on December 12, 2006, Citigroup Mortgage and the defendant issuers caused the Registration Statement to be filed with the SEC in connection with and for the purpose of issuing billions of dollars of Certificates. The Certificates were issued pursuant to Prospectus Supplements, each of which was incorporated into the Registration Statement. The Certificates were supported by pools of mortgage loans. The Registration Statements represented that the mortgage pools would primarily consist of loans generally secured by liens on residential properties, including conventional and adjustable-rate mortgage loans.

The complaint alleges the Registration Statements included false statements and/or omissions about: (i) the underwriting standards purportedly used in connection with the origination of the underlying mortgage loans; (ii) the maximum loan-to-value ratios used to qualify borrowers; (iii) the appraisals of properties underlying the mortgage loans; and (iv) the debt-to-income ratios permitted on the loans.

According to the complaint, by the fall of 2007, the truth about the performance of the mortgage loans that secured the Certificates began to be revealed to the public, increasing the risk of the Certificates receiving less absolute cash flow in the future and the likelihood that investors would not receive it on a timely basis. The credit rating agencies also began to put negative watch labels on the Certificate tranches or classes, ultimately downgrading many. As an additional result, the Certificates are no longer marketable at prices anywhere near the price paid by plaintiff and the Class and the holders of the Certificates are exposed to much more risk with respect to both the timing and absolute cash flow to be received than the Registration Statement/Prospectus Supplements represented.

Plaintiff seeks to recover damages on behalf of all purchasers of Certificates pursuant and/or traceable to the Registration Statements (the "Class"). The plaintiff is represented by Coughlin Stoia, which has expertise in prosecuting investor class actions and extensive experience in actions involving financial fraud.

Coughlin Stoia, a 190-lawyer firm with offices in San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Boca Raton, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Atlanta, is active in major litigations pending in federal and state courts throughout the United States and has taken a leading role in many important actions on behalf of defrauded investors, consumers, and companies, as well as victims of human rights violations. The Coughlin Stoia Web site ( has more information about the firm.
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