Glendale Federal Bank is likely to win a $1.9 billion suit accusing the government of reneging on its pledge to let acquirers of failed thrifts use favorable accounting rules, according to court documents unsealed Thursday.

Loren A. Smith, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, urged government officials during a closed-door meeting July 29 to settle the case. Judge Smith said the California thrift had presented one of the most effective cases he has seen in 12 years on the bench, the documents show.

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