A Reuters news report said accounting firm Ernst & Young will pay bondholders $33 million while insurers connected with Swiss bank UBS will pay $117 million to HealthSouth shareholders and an additional $100 million to bond holders. Ernst & Young separately agreed to a $109 million HealthSouth shareholder settlement last year.
David Bronner, chief executive of the Retirement Systems of Alabama, the lead bondholder plaintiff, in a statement called the bondholder settlements “substantial” and “a great result.”
The litigation stemmed from an estimated $2.7-billion accounting fraud at HealthSouth, a Birmingham-based operator of rehabilitation hospitals and surgical centers.Fifteen former HealthSouth executives have pleaded guilty over a scheme to artificially inflate earnings and the company’s share price (see District Court Gives Nod to $445M HealthSouth Settlement).
The case is In re: HealthSouth Corp Securities Litigation, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama, No. 03-1500.
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