Unique Data in Complex J.P. Morgan ADR Case Presents Filing Challenges

On December 26, 2018, J.P. Morgan Chase N.A. agreed to pay $135 million to settle SEC charges of improper handling of prereleased American Depositary Receipts (ADRs). The plaintiffs allege that the banks deducted impermissible fees for conducting foreign exchange from dividends and/or cash distributions issued by foreign companies and then owed to ADR holders.

ADRs are U.S. securities that represent foreign shares of a foreign company. They require a corresponding number of foreign shares to be held in custody at a depositary bank. Improperly providing ADRs that are not supported by underlying foreign securities can create inappropriate short-selling and dividend arbitrage.

DETERMINING ELIGIBILITY

The class consists of all Persons or entities who are or were holders (directly or indirectly, registered or beneficially) of or otherwise claim any entitlement to any payment (whether a dividend, rights offering, interest on capital, sale of shares or other distribution) in connection with: (1) the securities listed in Appendix 1 of the Notice (including any predecessor or successor securities) from November 21, 2010 to July 18, 2018, inclusive; or (2) the securities listed in Appendix 2 of the Notice (including any predecessor or successor securities) from November 21, 2012 to July 18, 2018, inclusive (collectively, the Settlement Class).

THE CHALLENGES

In general, shareholder class actions use a standard operational process of when you purchased/sold/held the related stock such as holdings, purchases, or sales of securities. For ADRs and this settlement with J.P. Morgan, the process is different as the data is unique to the specific claim filing requirements. The data needed to file is related to the claimants yearly dividend or cash distribution totals for each ADR.

OUR APPROACH 

Just like any other shareholder class action case, FRT identifies clients who have traded during the relevant time period. However, due to the complexity of the data needed to file for this case, we have given our clients two options:

  1. The client provides FRT with the case specific data that will load and file on their behalf
  2. FRT will use the client’s existing trade data to calculate the dividends needed to file

For more information on this case, please contact your FRT representative or email us at learnmore@frtservices.com.

NEXT STEPS

FRT will continue to monitor for other settling defendants and key dates that impact this case.

  • To Be Determined: Claims Filing Deadline
  • April 15, 2019: Exclusion and Objection Deadline
  • May 20, 2019: Final Approval Hearing

ADR-related settlements:

  • BNY Mellon agreed to pay more than $54 million
  • Citigroup Inc. agreed to pay more than $38 million
  • Deutsche Bank AG agreed to pay more than $75 million

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