TCW Group and Gundlach Reach Settlement

December 30, 2011 (PLANSPONSOR.COM) - The ongoing legal battle between the TCW Group and Jeffrey Gundlach appears to have reached an end.

The Trust Company of the West Group (TCW) and DoubleLine Capital – founded by former TCW employee, Jeffrey Gundlach – have settled all claims. The terms of the settlement are confidential. Money management firm TCW sued Gundlach when he left the firm and started DoubleLine Capital, accusing him of taking proprietary information and poaching from TCW’s staff.

In September, Gundlach was awarded $66.7 million by a jury over his separation from TCW. A California jury awarded TCW no punitive damages, but found that Gundlach and his co-defendants breached their fiduciary duty by taking trade secrets belonging to TCW (see “FormerTCW Fund Manager Liable for Stealing Trade Secrets, but Wins Pay Claim”).