The government's long-running regulatory goodwill battle with Glendale Federal Bank may finally be coming to a close. The Justice Department is expected to wrap up its case by April 3, and the judge has promised to decide by July how much, if anything, the government must pay for breaking its promise to let the thrift count regulatory goodwill as capital for up to 40 years.

Glendale is the first of nearly 120 existing and defunct thrifts that filed suits after lawmakers eliminated regulatory goodwill in the 1991 thrift bailout law. The thrifts are seeking more than $20 billion in damages; Glendale alone wants nearly $2 billion.

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