IOOF has seen off one the class actions which dogged it before and after the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry and action initiated by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA).
The company announced to the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) today that it had reached agreement to settle the class action which had been commenced against it in April, last year, in the NSW Supreme Court.
Importantly, IOOF said that the class action had been “discontinued with no order as to costs”.
The class action had been brought by law firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart and Sullivan on behalf of shareholders who had acquired an interest in IOOF’s shares between 27 May, 2015, and 9 August, 2018, with the company saying at the time the action appeared to be based on evidence given to the Royal Commission and that APRA had commenced legal proceedings against certain officers of IOOF.
The APRA action which appeared to underpin the class action failed in court last year.