As earlier reported, the securities firm of Edward Jones was ordered by the SEC to pay a total of $79 million to its clients and former clients. According to the SEC, the company failed to disclose kickbacks the firm received from various mutual fund companies, known as the “Preferred Fund Families.” The Preferred Families mutual funds are: American Funds; Federated Investors; Goldman Sachs Group; Hartford Mutual Funds; Lord Abbott Funds; Putnam Investments; and Van Kampen Investments.
Now, Edward Jones may be attempting to settle all potential civil claims against it “KNOWN OR UNKNOWN”, by its current or former clients FOR $18.00 PER CLIENT! The proposed settlement is as a result of a class action suit brought against the firm on behalf of millions of its current and former clients in the firm’s hometown of St. Louis, Missouri.
Language in the proposed settlement indicates the Edward Jones firm may be seeking to exempt itself from ANY AND ALL CLAIMS which could have been asserted by over 5 million of its current and former clients. Although, none of these clients would have actually signed such an agreement themself, any pending or future lawsuit, arbitration action or other legal claim could potentially be prejudiced by the final language in the settlement agreement.
According to the Notice of Proposed Settlement forwarded to these clients and former clients, based on the information provided the Plaintiffs by Edward Jones, the estimate of recovery per Class Member is approximately 17.99 in cash per former client and $19.86 in “credit vouchers” per current client. However, the actual amount any class action member might receive would vary based a based on a large number of factors.
According to the Notice of Proposed Settlement, CLIENTS AND FORMER CLIENTS OF EDWARD JONES MUST TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION BEFORE JUNE 11, 2007, to avoid being included in this settlement. In class actions, THOSE WHO TAKE NO ACTION prior to the “opt out” date almost always ARE PREVENTED FROM SEEKING ANY OTHER RECOVERY for claims which are ultimately exemped as part of the class action settlement agreement.[NO INVESTOR SHOULD ACT TO OPT OUT OF A CLASS ACTION OR DECIDE TO REMAIN A PART OF THE ACTION WITHOUT LEGAL ADVICE REGARDING THEIR OWN SITUATION. THE INFORMATION PROVIDED HEREIN IS NOT INTENDED AS SUCH LEGAL ADVICE.]
Numerous times ours law firm has been unable to assist investors with viable claims – some for hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars – because these investors failed to take prompt action to be removed from class action cases prior to the deadline. These investors usually later receive either a TOKEN SUM from the class action settlement OR NOTHING AT ALL if they later fail to submit the required claim forms.
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