New NCEO Data on the Costs of ESOP Litigation
A new NCEO study found that, over the last 10 years, 68 private company ESOP court cases had results in settlements or judgments that cost the defendants a total of $385.5 million. The average payout per employee in these cases was $14,400 per participant. If these costs were spread out over all private company ESOPs, this would average about $6,200 per year per company. Of course, that is not how these amounts are paid, but it provides context to compare what companies and/or ESOP trustees pay per company in fiduciary insurance.