S&P calls U.S. lawsuit retaliation for stripping ‘AAA’ rating — Reuters

Standard & Poor’s on Tuesday blasted a $5 billion fraud lawsuit by the U.S. government as retaliation for its 2011 decision to strip the country of its “AAA” credit rating.

The McGraw Hill Financial Inc unit was the only major credit rating agency to take away the United States’ top rating, and the only one sued by the U.S. Department of Justice for allegedly misleading banks and credit unions about the credibility of its ratings prior to the 2008 financial crisis.

via S&P calls U.S. lawsuit retaliation for stripping ‘AAA’ rating — Reuters