Wells Fargo (WFC) contends that a federal lawsuit over its lending practices before and after the housing crisis contravenes the terms of the multistate mortgage settlement.

The $25 billion pact among Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), JPMorgan Chase (JPM), Ally Financial, Wells, the Justice Department and 49 states that a federal judge approved in April bars the lawsuit, the $1.3 trillion-asset Wells said in a court filing Thursday. The suit, filed in October by the Manhattan U.S. Attorney's office, accuses Wells of wrongdoing in connection with loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration over roughly a decade beginning in May 2001.

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