Record Backdating Settlement Reached in Mercury Case

By Debra Cassens Weiss

A group of pension funds will receive $117.5 million to settle their class action suit against Mercury Interactive Corp. for losses caused by stock options backdating.

The deal is the largest to date in a stock options backdating suit, the San Jose Mercury News reports. Previously the record was an $18 million settlement, according to the law firm representing the funds, Labaton Sucharow.

Mercury had already agreed to pay another $28 million to settle civil fraud charges related to the backdating that were filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Wall Street Journal reports (sub. req.). The agency has also filed civil charges against four former Mercury executives, including former general counsel Susan Skaer.

For more see ABA Law Journal Online.

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