Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Company Bites Auditor

Ok, it's not quite man bites dog, but today Fannie Mae (NYSE: FNM) announced that it has filed suit against KPMG LLP, the company's former outside auditor, for negligence and breach of contract in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

The 17-count complaint seeks:
[c]ompensatory damages to be determined at trial in an amount not less than $2,000,000,000 (Two Billion Dollars)
A copy of the complaint is available from Fannie Mae, here.

Articles on the litigation can be found here (The Wall Street Journal - sub. req'd), here (MarketWatch.com), and here (Reuters).

The Journal article quotes a KPMG spokesman, who indicated that the accounting firm "is likely to file a countersuit," and that KPMG "will remove this suit to [the United States District Court for the District of Columbia], where we intend to pursue our own claims."

Disclosure: The author and his law firm are counsel for certain plaintiffs in the currently pending Fannie Mae derivative litigation.

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