Lucent Sues Fiduciary Insurance Carriers

Reuters reports that Lucent Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: LU) is suing its fiduciary insurance carriers in the wake of its recent $600 million settlement of the securities litigation against the company, including a consolidated securities class action in the D. of N.J., and related ERISA, bondholder, derivative, and other state securities cases. (The settlement included $517 million for the securities class action, making it the second largest settlement of a securities class action in U.S. history.)

According to Lucent’s most recent Form 10-Q, it is continuing “to pursue partial recovery of the settlement amount from our fiduciary insurance carriers under certain insurance policies that provide coverage up to $70 million. We have filed a lawsuit against them to recover these amounts. The charge for the settlement will be revised in future quarters if we are able to recover a portion of the settlement from our fiduciary insurance carriers . . . .” The Reuters article states that Lucent has declined to name the insurance carriers that have been sued or where the suit was filed.

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