TORONTO, Feb. 27, 2023 /CNW/ - TD Bank Group ("TD") (TSX: TD) (NYSE: TD) today announced that it has agreed to a settlement in principle (the "settlement" or "agreement") relating to litigation involving the Stanford Financial Group.
Upon final approval of the settlement by the Court, TD will pay $1.205 billion (USD) to the court-appointed receiver for the Stanford Receivership Estate. Under the terms of the agreement, TD has settled with the receiver, the Official Stanford Investors Committee, and other plaintiffs in the litigation and these parties have agreed to a bar order dismissing and releasing all current or future claims arising from or related to the Stanford matter.
As has been the case throughout these proceedings, TD expressly denies any liability or wrongdoing with respect to the multi-year Ponzi scheme operated by Stanford and makes no admission in connection to any Stanford matter as part of the settlement. TD provided primarily correspondent banking services to Stanford International Bank Limited and maintains that it acted properly at all times. TD elected to settle the matter to avoid the distraction and uncertainty of continuing a long legal proceeding. TD previously had a trial in Canada regarding the same Stanford matter, and the trial court ruled entirely in TD's favor and found no liability. The Ontario Court of Appeal affirmed, and there is now an application for leave to appeal pending in the Supreme Court of Canada.
As a result of this settlement, TD will record a provision of approximately $1.2 billion (CAD) after tax in the first quarter of 2023. The amount will be reflected in TD's Corporate segment and treated as an item of note to reported results.
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Any forward-looking statements contained in this document represent the views of management only as of the date hereof and are presented for the purpose of assisting the Bank's shareholders and analysts in understanding the Bank's financial position, objectives and priorities and anticipated financial performance as at and for the periods ended on the dates presented, and may not be appropriate for other purposes. The Bank does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements, whether written or oral, that may be made from time to time by or on its behalf, except as required under applicable securities legislation.
About TD Bank Group
The Toronto-Dominion Bank and its subsidiaries are collectively known as TD Bank Group ("TD" or the "Bank"). TD is the sixth largest bank in North America by assets and serves more than 27 million customers in four key businesses operating in a number of locations in financial centres around the globe: Canadian Personal and Commercial Banking, including TD Canada Trust and TD Auto Finance Canada; U.S. Retail, including TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank®, TD Auto Finance U.S., TD Wealth (U.S.), and an investment in The Charles Schwab Corporation; Wealth Management and Insurance, including TD Wealth (Canada), TD Direct Investing, and TD Insurance; and Wholesale Banking, including TD Securities. TD also ranks among the world's leading online financial services firms, with more than 15 million active online and mobile customers. TD had $1.9 trillion in assets on October 31, 2022. The Toronto-Dominion Bank trades under the symbol "TD" on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges
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