Westpac Banking Corporation : American Depositary Shares Securities Litigation
On or around 10/19/2020 (Settlement preliminarily approval)
Filing Date: January 30, 2020
According to the Complaint, Westpac Banking Corporation purports to provide various banking and financial services in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, the Pacific region, and internationally.
The Complaint alleges that Defendants throughout the Class Period made false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose that: (1) contrary to Australian law, the Company failed to report over 19.5 million international funds transfer instructions to AUSTRAC, Australia’s anti money-laundering and terrorism financing regulator; (2) the Company did not appropriately monitor and assess the ongoing money laundering and terrorism financing risks associated with movement of money into and out of Australia; (3) the Company did not pass on requisite information about the source of funds to other banks in the transfer chain; (4) despite being aware of the heightened risks, the Company did not carry out appropriate due diligence on transactions in South East Asia and the Philippines that had known financial indicators relating to child exploitation risks; (5) the Company’s AML/CTF Program was inadequate to identify, mitigate and manage money laundering and terrorism financing risks; and (6) as a result, defendants’ statements about its business, operations, and prospects, were materially false and misleading and/or lacked a reasonable basis at all relevant times.
On August 20, 2020, the parties notified the Court that they had reached an agreement-in-principle to resolve the case. The parties entered into a Stipulation and Agreement of Settlement on October 6. On October 19, the Court issued an Order granting preliminary approval of the Settlement.
Company & Securities Information
Defendant: Westpac Banking Corporation
Industry: Money Center Banks
Ticker Symbol: WBK
Company Market: New York SE
Market Status: Public (Listed)
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First Identified Complaint
John Byrne, et al. v. Westpac Banking Corporation, et al.
COURT: D. Oregon
DOCKET #: 20-CV-00171
DATE FILED: 01/30/2020
CLASS PERIOD START: 11/11/2015
CLASS PERIOD END: 11/19/2019
PLAINTIFF FIRMS NAMED IN COMPLAINT:
The Rosen Law Firm, P.A. (NY)
First Identified Complaint (FIC) Filings:
Class Action Complaint for Violations of the Federal Securities Laws
[Notice of Settlement]
Stipulation and Agreement of Settlement
U.S. District Court Civil Docket
Order Preliminarily Approving Class Action Settlement
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Related District Court Filings
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