Settlements Look Good, but They Are Imperfect

, The National Law Journal

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At first glance, the numbers look impressive. Bank of America Corp. last week agreed to pay $11.6 billion for selling the government toxic mortgages; 10 banks ponied up $8.5 billion to federal regulators for foreclosure abuses. But viewed against the scale of the financial meltdown, the feds' most recent deals with financial-industry giants look to some more like a slap on the wrist.

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