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Case Status:    SETTLED
On or around 10/15/2002 (Date of order of final judgment)

Filing Date: October 15, 1998

According to the closing Order, dated February 8, 2002, The Bank of America Corporation agreed to pay $490 million to settle lawsuits claiming it hid losses from loans to a hedge fund before combining with the NationsBank Corporation in 1998. Shareholders accused Bank of America of concealing a write-off of $372 million stemming from a loan to the hedge fund, D. E. Shaw & Company of New York. Some plaintiffs' lawyers said bank executives hid the losses because they did not want to derail NationsBank's purchase of BankAmerica. The bank, based in Charlotte, N.C., did not admit any wrongdoing under the settlement.

According to a news article in the Saint Louis Post-Dispatch dated December 3, 2003, some of the lead plaintiffs in the case objected to the settlement, but the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the settlement on December 2, 2003, saying that the district court judge had the discretion to approve the settlement without the approval of all the lead plaintiffs.

The Corporation and certain present and former officers and directors have
been named as defendants in a number of actions filed in several federal courts
that have been consolidated for pretrial purposes before a Missouri federal
court. The amended complaint in the consolidated actions alleges, among other
things, that the defendants failed to disclose material facts about
BankAmerica's losses relating to D.E. Shaw & Co., L.P. until mid-October 1998,
in violation of various provisions of federal and state laws. The amended
complaint also alleges that the proxy statement-prospectus of August 4, 1998,
falsely stated that the Merger would be one of equals and alleges a scheme to
have NationsBank gain control over the newly merged entity. The Missouri federal
court has certified classes consisting generally of persons who were
shareholders of NationsBank or BankAmerica on September 30, 1998, or were
entitled to vote on the Merger, or who purchased or acquired securities of the
Corporation or its predecessors between August 4, 1998 and October 13, 1998.

The amended complaint in the consolidated actions alleges, among other things, that the defendants failed to disclose material facts about BankAmerica's losses relating to D.E. Shaw Securities Group, L.P. and related entities until mid-October 1998, in violation of various provisions of federal and state laws. The amended complaint also alleges that the proxy statement-prospectus of August 4, 1998, falsely stated that the Merger would be one of equals and alleges a scheme to have NationsBank gain control over the newly merged entity. The Missouri federal court has certified classes consisting generally of persons who were stockholders of NationsBank or BankAmerica on September 30, 1998, or were entitled to vote on the Merger, or who purchased or acquired securities of the Corporation or its predecessors between August 4, 1998 and October 13, 1998. The amended complaint substantially survived a motion to dismiss, and discovery is underway. Claims against certain director-defendants were dismissed with leave to replead.

COMPANY INFORMATION:

Sector: Financial
Industry: Money Center Banks
Headquarters: United States

SECURITIES INFORMATION:

Ticker Symbol: BAC
Company Market: New York SE
Market Status: Public (Listed)

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COURT: E.D. Missouri
DOCKET #: 98-CV-06297
JUDGE: Hon. A Simon Chrein
DATE FILED: 10/15/1998
CLASS PERIOD START: 10/01/1998
CLASS PERIOD END: 10/13/1998
PLAINTIFF FIRMS NAMED IN COMPLAINT:
  1. Abbey Gardy & Squiteri LLP (San Francisco)
    595 Market Street, Suite 2500, Abbey Gardy & Squiteri LLP (San Francisco), CA 94105
    415.538.3725 ·
  2. Berman DeValerio Pease & Tabacco PC
    One Liberty Square, Berman DeValerio Pease & Tabacco PC, MA 02109
    617.542.8300 ·
  3. Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP (New York, NY)
    1285 Avenue of the Americas, 33rd Floor, Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP (New York, NY), NY 10019
    212.554.1400 212.554.1444 · blbg@blbglaw.com
  4. Goodkind Labaton Rudoff & Sucharow LLP
    100 Park Avenue, Goodkind Labaton Rudoff & Sucharow LLP, NY 10017
    212.907.0700 212.818.0477 · info@glrslaw.com
  5. Kaufman Malchman Kirby & Squire, LLP
    919 Third Ave 11th Flr, Kaufman Malchman Kirby & Squire, LLP, NY 10022
    212.371.6600 ·
  6. Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Lerach LLP (New York, NY)
    One Pennsylvania Plaza, Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Lerach LLP (New York, NY), NY 10119-1065
    212.594.5300 ·
  7. Pomerantz LLP (New York)
    600 Third Avenue, Pomerantz LLP (New York), NY 10016
    212.661.1100 212.661.8665 · info@pomerantzlaw.com/
  8. Stull, Stull & Brody (New York)
    6 East 45th Street, Stull, Stull & Brody (New York), NY 10017
    310.209.2468 310.209.2087 · SSBNY@aol.com
  9. Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP (New York)
    270 Madison Avenue, Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP (New York), NY 10016
    212.545.4600 212.686.0114 · newyork@whafh.com
  10. Wolf Popper, LLP
    845 Third Avenue, Wolf Popper, LLP, NY 10022-6689
    877.370.7703 212.486.2093 · IRRep@wolfpopper.com
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COURT: E.D. Missouri
DOCKET #:
JUDGE: Hon. A Simon Chrein
DATE FILED: 04/09/1999
CLASS PERIOD START: 08/04/1998
CLASS PERIOD END: 10/13/1998
PLAINTIFF FIRMS NAMED IN COMPLAINT:
  1. Abbey Gardy & Squiteri LLP (San Francisco)
    595 Market Street, Suite 2500, Abbey Gardy & Squiteri LLP (San Francisco), CA 94105
    415.538.3725 ·
  2. Chitwood & Harley LLP
    1230 Peachtree Street, N.E., 2300 Promenade II, Chitwood & Harley LLP, GA 30309
    888.873.3999 404.873.4476 · info@chitwoodlaw.com
  3. Entwistle & Cappucci LLP
    299 Park Avenue, 14th Floor, Entwistle & Cappucci LLP, NY 10171
    212.894.7200 212.894.7272 · info@entwistle-law.com
  4. Green Schaaf & Jacobson PC
    7733 Forsyth Boulevard, Suite 700, Green Schaaf & Jacobson PC, MO 63105
    314.862.6800 314.862.1606 · info@stlouislaw.com
  5. Krislov & Associates, Ltd.
    20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 1350, Krislov & Associates, Ltd. , IL 60606
    312.606.0500 312.606.0207 · Clint@krislovlaw.com
  6. Stull, Stull & Brody (New York)
    6 East 45th Street, Stull, Stull & Brody (New York), NY 10017
    310.209.2468 310.209.2087 · SSBNY@aol.com
  7. Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP (New York)
    270 Madison Avenue, Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP (New York), NY 10016
    212.545.4600 212.686.0114 · newyork@whafh.com
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