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December 10, 2009

Customers file suit against CVS over disabled access

A civil rights group and three individuals who use wheelchairs filed a federal lawsuit in U.S. District Court of Maryland Wednesday against CVS Caremark, claiming the pharmacy chain did not provide adequate access to people with disabilities. The Equal Rights Center claims that many of CVS' locations violate laws that require public places to be accessible to those with disabilities. The other three plaintiffs - Marsha Johnson, Charla Ramsey and Christopher Butler - claimed to have encountered problems, including blocked aisles, in CVS stores in Maryland and Washington. CVS spokeswoman Carolyn Castel said the pharmacy chain hasn't seen the lawsuit yet and cannot comment on it. She said CVS makes every effort to assure that its stores are fully accessible.

- Eileen Ambrose

Bank of America repays $45 billion in bailout funds

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Bank of America Corp. said Wednesday it has repaid the entire $45 billion it owed U.S. taxpayers as part of the Troubled Asset Relief Program. Bank of America, which announced its agreement with the U.S. Treasury to repay TARP last week, funded the repayment through a combination of cash on hand and the sale of $19.29 billion of securities that would convert into common stock. The stock increase remains subject to shareholder approval.

-Associated Press

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