Veteran banking analyst Richard X. Bove has resigned from Ladenburg Thalmann & Co., after disagreeing with the Miami company over how it should settle a defamation lawsuit brought by BankAtlantic Bancorp Inc. last year.

BankAtlantic sued Ladenburg Thalmann in July, claiming Mr. Bove defamed the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., company in a research report titled, "Who Is Next?"

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