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Deutsche Bank settles media group case for $1.1B

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FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Deutsche Bank says it will pay 775 million euros ($1.1 billion) plus interest and legal fees to settle a long-running dispute with the heirs of media mogul Leo Kirch.

Kirch had accused the bank's former CEO Rolf Breuer of contributing to the eventual bankruptcy of his media group in a February 2002 television interview by implying that banks would not lend it any more money. Kirch died in 2011.

Deutsche Bank's board rejected a settlement in 2012. Current co-CEOs Juergen Fitschen and Anshu Jain said Thursday it was now in the bank's best interest to put the matter behind it.

The settlement means a deduction to fourth-quarter earnings of 350 million euros, as the bank had already accounted for part of the costs of the case.

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