NEW YORK - New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram yesterday filed suit against Merrill Lynch & Co. for allegedly providing the state with misleading financial documents in relation to $300 million of preferred stock that its pension fund purchased early last year.

In addition, the suit claims that Merrill offered another investor better terms than what it gave New Jersey in the conversion of those shares to common stock. Bank of America Corp. is named in the complaint as a successor entity. Bank of America announced on Sept. 15, 2008, that it would acquire Merrill.

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