Maine Lawyers’ Group Sue Bank of America 

The Maine Trial Lawyers Association is suing Bank of America claiming that a former employee who is charged with embezzling $166,000 from the group should not have been allowed to set up online banking or cash checks made out to her. In a suit filed this month in Kennebec County Superior Court, the association says former administrative assistant BettysueHiggins of Gardiner was not authorized to establish online banking accounts, which the group says allowed her to cover up her allegedthefts from 2006 to 2010. North Carolina-based Bank of America denies the allegations and maintains the association itself is at fault. Higgins was charged with theft and forgery in February, and the association recently won a $170,000 civil judgment against her. (AP)