(Bloomberg) - Bank of America Corp. agreed to pay $62.5 million to resolve investor claims that the bank’s directors mishandled the acquisition of Merrill Lynch & Co., company officials said.

U.S. District Judge Kevin Castel in New York approved Bank of America’s offer to add $42.5 million to a $20 million settlement of shareholder lawsuits alleging the bank’s board allowed executives to overpay for Merrill Lynch in 2009. Castel indicated in a Jan. 4 order he had questions about the “fairness, reasonableness and adequacy” of the original accord, according to court filings.

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