ATLANTA -- An investor group in Dallas has filed a lawsuit alleging that NationsBank Corp. used stolen information in acquiring First RepublicBank Corp. from federal regulators in 1988.

Lone Star Partners, in a state court filing last month in Dallas, sought up to $4 billion in damages, charging that NationsBank chief executive Hugh L. McColl Jr. worked with his son to steal information about Lone Star's proposal to acquire the troubled First Republic.

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