It's safe to say that Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) has seen better days. Besides the unfortunate performance of its shares last week, the nation's second largest bank by assets recently received an unwelcome kick in the trousers by the New York court of appeals. The ruling is part of a long-simmering dispute between the bank and the mortgage-bond insurer MBIA (NYSE:MBI). In the video below, Motley Fool contributor John Maxfield discusses the case and what it means for Bank of America's shareholders.

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