Brazilian oil corporation, Petrobas, agrees to $3 billion securities fraud settlement

Posted on: January 17th, 2018 by Steve Larson

Shareholders of Brazilian oil giant, Petrobas, have obtained a nearly $3 billion settlement of a class action alleging that the energy company concealed kickbacks that top officials and their political patrons received in exchange for directing Petrobras to buy and build production facilities at inflated prices. After the scandal emerged as part of a sweeping corruption investigation in Brazil, the price of Petrobras’ American depositary receipts plunged.

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