Reuters Highlights $300 Million Preliminary Settlement in Wells Fargo

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February 9, 2023

Reuters highlighted a victory for Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP client, lead plaintiff Construction Laborers Pension Trust for Southern California, and a nationwide class of investors when Wells Fargo agreed to settle for $300 million. The terms of the settlement were agreed to three weeks before trial and require approval from the Honorable James Donato of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

The long-running securities class action case involves allegations that Wells Fargo executives knew the company improperly charged over 800,000 customers for auto insurance they didn’t need. According to an internal Wells Fargo report obtained by The New York Times, approximately 274,000 customers were put into delinquency and almost 25,000 vehicles were wrongfully repossessed due to the improper charges. Although the company ended the practice, allegedly it concealed the misconduct, resulting in its stock trading at artificially inflated prices.

Robbins Geller partner Scott H. Saham, one of the lead counsel, told Reuters the settlement “is part of remediating the entire spectrum of harm that you get in a complex fraud case.”

Lead plaintiff, Construction Laborers Pension Trust for Southern California, is represented by Robbins Geller attorneys Spencer A. BurkholzScott H. SahamJason A. ForgeJason C. DavisLucas F. OltsAshley M. KellyErika Oliver, and Kevin S. Sciarani.

Read the full Reuters article at https://www.reuters.com/legal/wells-fargo-agrees-pay-300-mln-settle-with-shareholders-over-auto-insurance-2023-02-07/

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