As the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. begins to assert its right to sue on behalf of scores of failed thrifts, the number of goodwill cases could more than double to 225.

There are already more than 100 goodwill cases pending, half of which the FDIC is expected to join shortly. But the agency has inherited nearly 250 potential goodwill claims from the defunct Resolution Trust Corp., and lawyers expect half of those claims to turn into breach-of-contract cases.

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