A Boston federal court was expected to rule by today on the fairness of a $10 million settlement of a class action against the mortgage arm of Ford Motor Co. over alleged kickbacks to brokers.

The ruling, which had not been issued by presstime, would end a two-year battle between the unit, Associates First Capital Corp., and Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America. A ruling in favor of the settlement could pave the way for settlements in dozens of similar suits, which focus on a practice that regulators have yet to address with clear rules.

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