BERKELEY, Calif., Nov. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Hagens Berman today reminded investors that only 18 days remain before the Nov. 22 lead plaintiff deadline in the case filed against Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) ("BAC") alleging that the bank misled investors by failing to disclose a $10 billion claim by American International Group (NYSE: AIG) ("AIG").
Investors with losses over $500,000 who purchased Bank of America common stock during the class period, from Feb. 25, 2011 to Aug. 5, 2011, are encouraged to contact Partner Reed R. Kathrein, who is leading Hagens Berman's investigation. Reed R. Kathrein can be reached at (510) 725-3000 or via email at BACSecurities@hbsslaw.com.
The lawsuit claims that BAC, Merrill Lynch & Co. and Countrywide Financial sold $28 billion in mortgage-backed securities to AIG. After analyzing data from hundreds of thousands of loans, in Jan. 2011 AIG allegedly informed BAC that it felt the risk of the securities had been misrepresented and was prepared to sue the banking giant for more than $10 billion.
AIG filed a lawsuit against BAC on Aug. 8, 2011, following months of reported negotiations. BAC shares fell sharply, losing 20 percent of their value.
The lawsuit centers around claims that BAC failed to fully disclose the risks of a pending legal battle with AIG.
Individuals with direct non-public information that may help advance the investigation are encouraged to contact the firm. The SEC recently finalized new rules as part of its implementation of the whistleblower provisions in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Bill. The new rules protect whistleblowers from employer retaliation and allow the SEC to reward those who provide information leading to a successful enforcement with up to 30 percent of the recovery.
Investors can also learn more about this investigation at www.hbsslaw.com/BACsecurities.
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Seattle-based Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP is an investor-rights class-action law firm with offices in 10 cities. The National Law Journal has rated Hagens Berman as one of the top plaintiffs' firms in the country five times. More information about the firm is available at www.hbsslaw.com, and the firm's securities law blog is at www.meaningfuldisclosure.com.
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