Countrywide Agrees To Pay $600M To Settle Lawsuits

LOS ANGELES - (AP) Countrywide Financial Corp. agreed to pay $600 million to settle shareholder lawsuits in the largest payout so far from the mortgage meltdown. U.S. District Judge Mariana Pfaelzer in Los Angeles on Monday gave preliminary approval to the agreement, in which the defendants admitted no wrongdoing. Full version available to subscribers.