The Justice Department (DoJ) and Standard & Poor’s (S&P) are at odds with other over civil fraud charges stemming from an alleged scheme to defraud investors in the lead-up to 2008’s financial meltdown. The DoJ filed a civil lawsuit against S&P and its parent company, McGraw-Hill, Monday, alleging that S&P “knowingly [issued] inflated credit ratings” for collateralized debt obligations in the years before the crash, misrepresenting their creditworthiness and understating their risks.
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