Aruna Viswanatha and Jonathan Stempel, Reuters

Nov 8 (Reuters) – Bank of America Corp asked a federal court on Friday to throw out two U.S. government lawsuits accusing the nation’s second-largest bank of defrauding investors during the financial crisis.

The U.S. Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission had accused the bank in lawsuits filed in August in its Charlotte, North Carolina hometown of fraud in its sale of $850 million of residential mortgage-backed securities.

Such cases are usually brought under the federal securities laws, under which authorities must prove that a defendant intended to break the law.

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