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Bank of America Reaches Agreement to Settle WorldCom Class Action Litigation

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CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Bank of America announced today that it has reached an agreement to settle class action litigation entitled In re WorldCom, Inc. Securities Litigation brought on behalf of purchasers of WorldCom securities that is pending in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. (Master File No.02 CIV 3288).

Under the terms of the settlement agreement, which is subject to court approval, subsidiaries of Bank of America Corporation that are named as defendants in the litigation will make a payment of $460.5 million to the settlement class. Plaintiff's attorney's fees will be paid out of the settlement.

Bank of America believes it is in the best interests of the company to resolve these claims and put this litigation behind it and focus efforts on creating greater value for the shareholder. Under the settlement, Bank of America denied that it violated any law and explained that it settled the matter in order to eliminate the uncertainties, expense and distraction of further litigation.

The expense of the settlement was provided for in prior periods.

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