Robbins Geller Secures $173 Million Recovery for Exelon Investors 

Case Relates to the Bribery Scheme Involving the “ComEd Four”

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September 11, 2023

Updated September 11, 2023: This article was originally published on May 26, 2023. It has been updated to include news of the settlement receiving final approval from the court.

On Thursday, September 7, U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall granted final approval of a $173 million settlement for Exelon investors – the seventh-largest securities class recovery in the Seventh Circuit.

The decision brought to a close a closely watched case involving allegations that executives of ComEd, an Exelon subsidiary, hid from shareholders their knowledge of a bribery and corruption scheme – and related federal criminal investigation – in which they sought to procure favorable legislation and contracts for their company by influencing a former Illinois elected official.

Partner James E. Barz told Law360, after Thursday’s hearing, that “as one of the largest securities settlements ever in the Seventh Circuit, we think it’s a fantastic result, and we are pleased that the court indicated it would be issuing an order approving the agreement in the near term.” Judge Kendall subsequently issued the order on Friday.

Read the Law360 article at https://www.law360.com/securities/articles/1719299.

May 26, 2023

Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP client and lead plaintiff, the New York-based Local 295 IBT Employer Group Pension Trust Fund, recently secured a $173 million recovery from Exelon Corporation, a Fortune 200 energy company, in a securities class action pending in Chicago.

The class action, brought against Exelon, its subsidiary Commonwealth Edison, and former senior executives, involves allegations that defendants concealed their bribery and corruption scheme from shareholders.

In July 2020, Exelon subsidiary Commonwealth Edison admitted to the bribery scheme in which executives sought to obtain favorable legislation and contracts by influencing a former Illinois elected official. The company subsequently paid the federal government a multi-million dollar fine to resolve a criminal investigation.

Earlier this month, the first group of several individuals charged in the scheme, the so-called “ComEd Four,” were convicted of bribery, conspiracy to commit bribery, and willfully falsifying the company’s books. 

“This settlement is an excellent result for shareholders who will recover a substantial portion of their losses,” said Robbins Geller partner James E. Barz. “It never ceases to amaze me that every five years or so, in Illinois, we seem to get yet another public corruption scandal. This one had many victims, including, as alleged in our case, the shareholders who saw the value of their stock plunge.” Barz previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Chicago and more recently as the lead counsel in Robbins Geller’s securities fraud class action against Valeant Pharmaceuticals in which he and the Firm’s team recovered over $1.2 billion for investors.

The proposed settlement involving Exelon remains subject to court approval.

Read more about the case in Crain’s Chicago Business here: https://www.chicagobusiness.com/utilities/lawsuit-over-comed-mike-madigan-bribery-scheme-cost-exelon

Lead plaintiff, the New York-based Local 295 IBT Employer Group Pension Trust Fund, is represented by Robbins Geller attorneys James E. Barz, Frank A. Richter, and Cameran M. Gilliam.

About Robbins Geller

Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP is one of the world’s leading complex litigation firms, representing plaintiffs in securities fraud, shareholder derivative, antitrust, corporate takeover, and consumer fraud and privacy cases. With 200 lawyers in 9 offices, Robbins Geller is one of the world’s largest plaintiffs’ firms, and the Firm’s attorneys have obtained many of the largest securities, antitrust, and consumer class action recoveries in history.

The Firm is ranked #1 on the most recent ISS Securities Class Action Services Top 50 Report for recovering over $1.75 billion for investors in 2022. This is the third consecutive year in which the Firm topped these rankings. The Firm’s attorneys secured the largest-ever securities fraud class action settlement – $7.2 billion – in In re Enron Corp. Securities Litigation.

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Flynn v. Exelon Corp., No. 1:19-cv-08209 (N.D. Ill.).

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