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The U.S. Department of Justice is surveying nationally chartered banks to gauge their interest in joining a wide-ranging settlement resolving mortgage abuses.
The settlement would resolve allegations of misconduct in processing foreclosures, among other issues, with banks paying $20 billion to $25 billion in relief to distressed homeowners.
DOJ officials have approached several other banks about joining the settlement in recent weeks in a move that could push up the potential price tag.
Banks being approached include HSBC Holdings Plc (NYSE:HBC), PNC Financial Services Group (NYSE:PNC), MetLife (NYSE:MET), SunTrust Bank (NYSE:STI), U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB), OneWest Bank, Sovereign Bank, and Aurora Bank — all of which entered into consent orders last year with U.S. bank regulators over similar allegations to those addressed by the settlement.
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