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Six Biggest Banks’ Legal Tab Tops $100 Billion Amid Crisis Cleanup

Six Biggest Banks’ Legal Tab Tops $100 Billion Amid Crisis Cleanup

he six biggest U.S. banks, led by JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America, have piled up $103 billion in legal costs since the financial crisis, more than all dividends paid to shareholders in the past five years.

That’s the amount allotted to lawyers and litigation, as well as for settling claims about shoddy mortgages and foreclosures, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The sum, equivalent to spending $51 million a day, is enough to erase everything the banks earned for 2012.

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