BNY Mellon Sued Over Lehman Losses by Detroit City Pension Funds

 September 13, 2011 ( – Bank of New York Mellon Corp. was accused in a lawsuit by Detroit pensions funds of mishandling their money invested in Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc., Bloomberg reports.


 According to the article, the pension funds allege in their complaint BNY Mellon encouraged them to join its securities lending program, under which the bank would lend securities owned by the funds to creditworthy borrowers. The funds viewed the program as “akin to a conservative money market account,” according to the complaint filed yesterday in federal court in New York. 

The bank invested in Lehman notes in 2006 on behalf of the pension funds and continued to maintain the investments as uncertainty surrounding Lehman grew, the funds said. 

BNY Mellon, based in New York, breached its fiduciary duty to the pension funds for city employees, including police officers and firefighters, they said in their complaint. The funds seek to represent a group of investors that together lost more than $1 billion in the notes.