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JPMorgan suit says Lehman left it with ‘goat poo’

Lehman Brothers and Barclays deceived JPMorgan Chase & Co. with bad assets that the failed investment bank’s own employees dubbed “goat poo,” according to new court papers that escalate a legal battle between the financial firms.

JPMorgan filed new court claims in the case, contending that Lehman left it with $25 billion in unpaid loans secured by undesirable such as those left out of the sale to Barclays. Get the full story »

Sears chooses new head of major business unit

Sears Holdings Corp. has named company executive Scott Freidheim executive vice president and president for Kenmore, Craftsman and DieHard — key brands for the retailer. The move comes after several other key personnel announcements at Hoffman Estates-based Sears, including a new chief of home fashions and another for grocery and pharmacy. Get the full story »

Ernst & Young set to be charged in Lehman collapse

New York prosecutors are poised to file civil fraud charges against Ernst & Young for its alleged role in the collapse of Lehman Brothers, saying the Big Four accounting firm stood by while the investment bank misled investors about its financial health, people familiar with the matter said.

State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is close to filing the case, which would mark the first time a major accounting firm was targeted for its role in the financial crisis. The suit stems from transactions Lehman allegedly carried out to make its risk appear lower than it actually was. Get the full story »

Chicago part of Barclays Wealth hiring push

Barclays Wealth, rapidly bulking up its U.S. business in the wake of the financial crisis, intends to accelerate its hiring efforts over the next two years.

The Barclays Plc. unit on Monday said it hired seven advisers with a combined $2.24 billion in client assets and who generated $17 million of revenue in the past year. The new investment representatives expand the London-based bank’s presence in Boston, New York, Atlanta and Chicago.

Barclay’s says it has hired 50 advisers in the Americas this year, giving it 250 representatives across the region. Get the full story »

BofA to return $500M of seized Lehman deposits

Bank of America was ordered by a U.S. judge to return $500 million of deposits it seized from Lehman Brothers Holdings shortly after Lehman’s bankruptcy. Get the full story »

Ex-Lehman exec to head compliance at AIG

American International Group Inc. has picked David DeMuro, the former head of compliance and regulation at Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., as its new head of compliance and regulatory affairs.

DeMuro, expected to start at AIG next week, will be working for his former boss from Lehman, Thomas Russo. The former chief legal officer at the now-failed Wall Street bank, Russo this year was appointed as the government-controlled insurer’s general counsel. DeMuro will be AIG’s deputy general counsel. Get the full story »