PRESS DIGEST-New York Times business news - Jan 8

Tue Jan 8, 2013 1:49am EST
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Jan 8 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories on the New York Times business pages. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

* Edward Lampert, the hedge-fund manager and Sears Holdings chairman who engineered the 2005 merger of Sears and Kmart, is taking over as chief executive of Sears Holdings because the current head, Louis D'Ambrosio, is departing. ()

* The board of AIG will meet on Wednesday to consider joining a $25 billion shareholder lawsuit against the U.S. government, court records show. The lawsuit claims that the rescue by the government deprived AIG's shareholders of tens of billions of dollars and took private property for public use without appropriate compensation. ()

* U.S. regulators on Monday reached an $8.5 billion settlement with 10 major lenders to resolve claims of foreclosure abuses, including the use of flawed paperwork and bungled loan modifications that may have led to wrongful evictions. ()

* Royal Bank of Canada has hired Mark Mahaney, the former Citigroup analyst who was dismissed after regulators discovered that he responded to a reporter's e-mail inquiry about the financial results of YouTube, a division of Google, without getting permission from the bank. ()   Continued...