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Legal briefs: Suit seeks to block First Mid-Illinois/First BancTrust deal

S&P Global Market Intelligence rounds up a selection of recent legal and regulatory developments in the bank space.

* Ex-Greater Eastern CU CEO under investigation for misappropriating $1.2M fund

Former Greater Eastern CU CEO Sherry Allen faces an investigation over claims she misappropriated about $1.2 million in credit union funds for personal benefit and other unauthorized purposes, News Channel 11 reported Feb. 20.

* Clifton, Kearny face merger-related suit

A purported Clifton Bancorp Inc. stockholder is suing New Jersey-based Clifton, its board members and would-be acquirer Kearny Financial Corp.

* Huntington nears settlements, lowers loss estimate in excess of legal reserves

Huntington Bancshares Inc. is close to settling two lawsuits, and estimates a possible loss of up to $55 million in excess of legal reserves, as of Dec. 31, 2017.

* Ex-CEO of failed Michigan-based credit union pleads guilty in embezzlement case

Former Valley State CU CEO Stanley Hayes pleaded guilty to charges of embezzlement of more than $710,000 against him in the 10th Circuit Court in Saginaw, Mich.

* Lawsuit seeks to stop First Mid-Illinois/First BancTrust deal

A lawsuit is seeking to block the pending merger between Mattoon, Ill.-based First Mid-Illinois Bancshares Inc. and Champaign, Ill.-based First BancTrust Corp., claiming the companies did not disclose material information on a registration statement connected with the deal.

* Jury finds BofA guilty of blacklisting, defaming former client manager

A federal jury in California found Bank of America Corp. acted with malice when it illegally blacklisted and defamed a former client manager of the company.