Criminal Charges Still Possible In Bear Meltdown

Law360, New York (March 21, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Trouble hasn't seen the last of Bear Stearns Cos. In the wake of its high-profile collapse and subsequent sale at fire-sale prices to rival JP Morgan Chase & Co., the firm is bracing for a likely wave of lawsuits from shareholders and employees. But could its dramatic flame-out also create an increased risk of criminal liability for Bear executives?

It's hardly outside the realm of possibility, experts say.

“This isn't going to go away. There's at least a possibility that prosecutors and agents would have an...
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