E&Y Settles Largest Suit Since Early '90s

Remember just a few years ago when some of the large accounting firms had to pay dearly for suits brought against them for savings & loan debacles? Hard to believe it was only the early '90s.

Times have changed ... but perhaps they haven't in the minds of key offers at Ernst & Young. Now, E&Y must pay $335 million to Cendant Corporation shareholders over allegations that E&Y's audits contributed to false earnings reported to shareholders of CUC International, which was a predecessor to Cendant when CUC merged with HFS in 1997 to form Cendant.

On Dec. 7, Cendant agreed pay shareholders $2.83 billion to settle claims from the inflated earnings.

E&Y is fighting the ruling, claiming that did not err in any audit prcedures.

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