Judge: Merrill Lynch bonus info must be disclosed

By IEVA M. AUGSTUMS, AP Business Writer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A judge is ordering Bank of America to disclose information about bonuses given to employees at Merrill Lynch just before BofA bought the brokerage company.

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and BofA have been sparring over the release of the information. Cuomo is investigating whether BofA and Merrill failed to provide proper disclosures to shareholders about the bonuses.

The judge's order reverses a temporary order keeping individual bonus information confidential. That order was put into place last month after Merrill's former CEO John Thain testified about the bonuses.

Bank of America bought New York-based Merrill Jan. 1.

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