WASHINGTON — A key deadline in many states for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. to sue failed-bank directors and officers has come and gone, and yet the lawsuits keep coming.

Most observers believe FDIC suits peaked in 2013 — when a total of 40 were filed — since 2010 saw the height of failures and the agency usually has three years from a bank closure to take action. Yet six lawsuits were already filed in just the first six weeks of 2014, including five in January, which are double the filings in the fourth quarter of 2013. (The FDIC has filed a total of 90 cases since 2010.)

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