Consequently, these executives received inflated bonuses from bad MBS sold in equally bad CDOs. The Goldman accounting books showed huge profits upon which bonuses depended but neglected to show the huge losses in the future from those instruments. Thus did Goldman inflate their compensation from misleading and fraudulent investments whose losses were borne eventually by the public--not by Goldman Sachs.
Below is a suit being brought against Goldman for excessive executive compensation:
SHAREHOLDER ALERT: The Law Firm of Levi & Korsinsky Notifies Shareholders of The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. of Lawsuit Alleging Excessive Executive Compensation
By Levi & Korsinsky - Morningstar Advisor
NEW YORK, Dec. 17, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Levi & Korsinsky announces that it is lead counsel in the following actions against The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. ("Goldman Sachs") (GS): Bader v. Blankfein et al., No. 08 Civ. 255 (SLT) (JMA) (E.D.N.Y.); Bader v. Winkelried et al., Index No. 650157/2009 (N.Y. Cnty. Sup. Ct.) (the "Actions").For more information, click here: http://9nl.com/goldman_sachs.
The Federal Action alleged that Goldman Sachs' 2008 Proxy Statement violated the federal securities laws and Delaware law by undervaluing certain stock option awards and alleged that senior management received excessive compensation for 2007. The State Action alleged violations of Delaware statutory and common law based on substantively similar allegations regarding stock option awards from December 13, 2005 to December 17, 2008.
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