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$521 million damage award against BDO Seidman

The lawsuit alleged that negligent audits by the accounting firm made it possible for principals of a Florida factoring firm to defraud Banco Espiritu Santo ("Holy Ghost Bank", at a guess), Portugal's third largest. Are accounting firms really capitalized in such a way as to withstand this kind of financial hit? The firm's total revenue (not profit) last year was $526 million, according to one report.



Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Katherine Lazarski
Manhattan Institute


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The Manhattan Insitute's Center for Legal Policy.