Just weeks after Merrill Lynch of New York settled a case with the State of New York to improve its disclosure of business dealings with the companies it analyzes, the New York investment and banking firm faces a smattering of lawsuits.

The complaints include a claim that Merrill Lynch inappropriately inflated the values of one of the mutual funds it manages, as well as several stocks it analyzes. One of the suits, filed by the New York law firm Wolf Popper LLP, alleges that Merrill Lynch drove up the value of the Merrill Lynch Internet Strategies Fund by manipulating the market value of several of the stocks in the portfolio.

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