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Freddie Mac Settles Suit, Investors Get $410 Million

Law360 (April 21, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In one of the largest securities class action settlements in history, mortgage lender Freddie Mac will pay $410 million to end a shareholder lawsuit over accounting mistakes that led the company to restate earnings from 2000 to 2002.

The government-chartered agency estimates that the settlement will reduce first-quarter 2005 net income by about $220 million after tax, including the application of expected insurance proceeds.

Shareholders sued Freddie Mac after the company’s directors found that executives had manipulated accounting standards to reduce earnings volatility.

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