(Bloomberg) -- Bank of America's Merrill Lynch brokerage won final court approval of a $160 million settlement of a lawsuit in which it was accused of denying black financial advisers the same opportunities as their white counterparts.

U.S. District Judge Robert Gettleman in Chicago overruled the sole objection to the agreement announced in August at a hearing today and said he’d immediately sign an order ending the lawsuit filed by Nashville broker George McReynolds in 2005.

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