The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has taken the first steps toward resolving nearly half of the regulatory goodwill cases left over from the 1980s thrift crisis.

In a brief filed late Monday in federal court, the agency said it wants to become the plaintiff in 46 cases involving thrifts that failed with regulatory goodwill on their books. The cases were originally brought by investors, but the FDIC said only it has the legal right to sue on a failed thrift's behalf.

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