Judge Allows Bigger Class In Merrill Race Bias Suit

Law360, Chicago (May 16, 2012, 5:44 PM EDT) -- An Illinois federal judge ruled Wednesday that former employees should be included in a proposed class of black Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc. financial advisers suing the Bank of America Corp. unit for discrimination, shooting down the defendant's attempt to limit the class to current employees only.

U.S. District Judge Robert W. Gettleman said at a court hearing that after reviewing the Seventh Circuit's opinion that revived the suit's class claims in February, he agreed with the plaintiffs' position that Merrill's proposed class notices and certification...
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