Frankfurt am Main/ New York, 10.03.2005
Deutsche Bank today announced it has reached a settlement agreement in the WorldCom class action litigation, which was brought on behalf of purchasers of WorldCom securities. The case is pending in the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York. (In re WorldCom, Inc. Securities Litigation, Master File No.02 CIV 3288)
Under the terms of the agreement, which is subject to court approval, Deutsche Bank will pay $325 million to the settlement class. Although it denies that it engaged in any wrongdoing, Deutsche Bank is pleased to resolve this matter.
As a result of this settlement, Deutsche Bank will reduce the 2004 net income disclosed in the release of preliminary earnings published on 3 February 2005 by EUR 74 million, to EUR 2,472 million. The adjusted amount will be reflected in Deutsche Bank’s 2004 Form 20-F to be filed later this month, and in its 2004 Annual Report.
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