$6.6 Billion Settlement for Enron Investors

U.S. District Judge Melinda Harmon in Houston gave final approval to $6.6 billion settlements of claims that Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce helped Enron executives inflate earnings by hiding debt as loans.

Lawyers for former Enron shareholders and employees said they are pursuing class-action claims against other banks and former executives over the company’s 2001 collapse.

Enron, once the world’s largest energy trading firm, had more than $68 billion in market value before its December 2001 bankruptcy filing wiped out thousands of jobs and at least $1 billion in retirement funds virtually overnight.

Lay, 64, and Skilling, 52, each face at least 25 years in prison if convicted of charges that they used off-the-books partnerships to manipulate Enron’s finances.

Both Skilling and Lay are named as defendants in the class-action lawsuit, which was brought by investors seeking compensation for the plunge in Enron’s share value as it imploded in 2001.

Link [www.orlandosentinel.com/business/orl-enron2506may25,0,4576009.story?coll=orl-business-headlines]

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