Deutsche Bank: No plan to pay $14B Justice Dept. settlement

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Deutsche Bank AG says it does not intend to pay $14 billion to settle civil claims with the U.S. Department of Justice for its handling of residential mortgage-backed securities and related transactions.

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The bank confirmed Friday in a statement that the Justice Department had proposed a settlement of $14 billion and asked the German bank to make a counter proposal.

It described the proposed amount as an "opening position" put forward by the Justice Department in negotiations that were just beginning.

Deutsche Bank is among many financial institutions investigated over dealings in shoddy mortgages in the run-up to the 2008 crisis that led millions of Americans to lose their jobs and sometimes their homes.

The government has accused the banks of misleading investors about the quality of their loans.