Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray said Monday that his office could soon seek "billions" from Bank of America Corp. and some of its executives, including Chief Executive Ken Lewis, over the company's handling of its merger with Merrill Lynch & Co. this year.

Cordray has filed suit on behalf of five pension funds, accusing the company and four executives, including Bank of America Chief Financial Officer Joe Price and Merrill's former chief executive, John Thain, with concealing widening losses at Merrill before a shareholder vote last December to approve the deal. The lawsuit also named Bank of America's chief accounting officer, Neil Cotty.

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