New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer may file a civil lawsuit against former New York Stock Exchange Chairman Dick Grasso in an attempt to recoup some of his $140 million pay deal.

Grasso’s successor, interim Chairman John Reed, met with Spitzer for an hour on Monday and asked if he would consider joining the investigation. Spitzer has proved a formidable adversary for brokerage firms and mutual funds that have behaved badly.

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