A series of legal setbacks is complicating Bank of America Corp.'s bid to rehabilitate its brand, regain momentum and tap into an economy that is showing early signs of resurgence.

"It is putting pains on the company at a time where it is seeing signs of strength," said Lawrence G. Baxter, a law professor at Duke University. "It certainly doesn't look good to keep dealing with these things one after another when you have an overall image problem."

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