NEW YORK (AP) — Bank of America says it has agreed to pay $2.43billion to settle a class-action lawsuit related to its acquisitionof Merrill Lynch at the height of the financial crisis.

In the lawsuit, shareholders alleged that Bank of America andsome of its officers made false or misleading statements about bothcompanies' financial health.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of investors who bought or heldBank of America stock when the company announced its plans to buyMerrill Lynch in a $20 billion deal as the banking industry andfederal regulators struggled to contain fallout from the financialcrisis in the fall of 2008.

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