Credit Suisse May Dodge a Bullet

A criminal case wouldn't be easy for prosecutors, who may also be loath to open another Pandora's box of potentially ruinous scandals

Could things get any worse for Credit Suisse First Boston? The company already has been forced to pay $100 million to settle claims that it overbilled clients for shares in initial public offerings. And regulators have been going through tens of thousands of internal e-mails, probing charges that its research may have been slanted to favor investment banking clients.

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