Daily News: November 29, 2012

Compass Settles Le Nature’s Suit Against CIT, Krones


Law 360 reported that Compass Financial settled a $14 million financing fraud and breach of contract suit against CIT Group and Krones AG as part of a multidistrict litigation over the $668 million accounting scam that pushed bottling company Le-Nature’s into bankruptcy.

According to its latest 10-Q filing, CIT notes that in November 2012 the company entered into settlement agreements with the equipment manufacturer, Krones AG, the co-lessor plaintiffs and the liquidating trustee resolving the most significant claims asserted against the company in the multidistrict litigation. The settlements did not have a material adverse effect on its financial statements, CIT said.

By way of background, CIT was the lead lessor under a syndicated lease of equipment to Le Nature’s and, in 2005, CIT and co-lessors funded $144.8 million, of which approximately $45 million was funded by CIT.

To read the related Krones AG news release, click here.