WASHINGTON — Morgan Stanley is poised to pay $6.5 million to settle charges made in a series of antitrust lawsuits that municipal issuers have filed over alleged bid-rigging of muni bond-related investments, even though the issuers do not appear to have found evidence showing the firm engaged in bid-rigging.

Documents filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, where the suits have been consolidated, say the firm wants to settle to avoid the expense and risks of prolonged litigation.

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