That was quick!
John Thain has been ordered by a New York court to testify about those controversial Merrill Lynch bonuses, reports CNBC.
Earlier today, it was reported that New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, who is investigating the bonuses, filed a motion to compel Thain to testify, after the disgraced former Merrill CEO refused to answer questions about the issue, claiming that Bank of America had ordered him to stay mum.
Cuomo had subpoenaed Thain for testimony. He has also subpoenaed B of A CEO Ken Lewis, and another B of A exec, but does not appear to have taken their testimony yet.
Cuomo’s probe is seeking to determine what Bank of America knew, and when, about Merrill’s decision to award the bonuses, and about the massive losses that Merrill absorbed in the fourth quarter of last year, before it was formally taken over by B of A, but after the takeover had been announced.