Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

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Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) Class Action

“The Royal Dutch / Shell Group of Companies reported today that a settlement has been reached in a class action and related litigation brought against certain Group companies on behalf of employees participating in certain United States employee savings plans that are subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). The class action, which is pending in United States Federal Court in New Jersey, makes certain ERISA-based claims based upon Shell’s recategorisations of its proved oil and gas reserves. An order preliminarily approving the proposed settlement has been entered. If the settlement is finally approved by the court, Shell will pay $90 million which – after certain expenses (including court-approved attorneys’ fees) are deducted – will be distributed to eligible participants in the relevant employee savings plans. Shell also has agreed to pay up to $1 million of plaintiffs’ counsel’s out-of-pocket expenses and the costs of providing notice to class members… In addition, as part of the settlement agreement, Shell has agreed to adopt certain new procedures for monitoring and training individuals appointed to fiduciary positions in savings plans that are subject to ERISA.” See related Royal Dutch Shell misconduct instances “Shareholder Derivative Lawsuit Arising Out of 2004 Reserves Recategorization,” “Violations of Federal Securities Laws,” and “U.S./European Shareholder Lawsuit Arising Out of 2004 Reserves Recategorization.”

Misconduct Type
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Date of Preliminary Settlement Approval
Contractors Involved Penalty
Royal Dutch Shell PLC $91,000,000
Further Information Released
Shell Press Release 9/1/2006

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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database