» Subscribe Today!
More of what you want to know.
The Daily News
X

Forgot your password?
Skip Navigation LinksHome >
VOL. 123 | NO. 40 | Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Regions 10-K Filing Indicates SEC Interest

By Andy Meek

Print | Front Page | Email this story | Email reporter | Comments ()

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is looking into recent events at Morgan Keegan & Co., the Memphis-based subsidiary of Regions Financial Corp. that currently is the subject of several lawsuits filed on behalf of angry investors.

Five suits are pending at the moment in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee against Morgan Keegan and another recently was filed in Shelby County Chancery Court. The suits were filed on behalf of investors all making similar claims against the Memphis brokerage firm, including that they were allegedly misled about the true nature of the risk in buying into a handful of Regions Morgan Keegan mutual funds that lost most of their value over the course of 2007.

The suits in West Tennessee collectively represent several dozen investors from across the U.S. That litigation is still in the early stage, with lawyers working through such issues as the possibility of giving class-action status to one or more of the suits.

The events that prompted those lawsuits, meanwhile, are why Regions has received information requests from the SEC, and it’s not yet clear if the requests constitute an informal inquiry or if they have the makings of an official investigation.

Regions disclosed the news in the annual report it filed with the SEC this week. Company officials would not comment when asked what information the SEC has requested.

“We have strong and open relationships with our regulators, and we’re providing information as requested,” said Tim Deighton, manager of corporate communications for Regions. “We will disclose additional information as appropriate, but at this point we really don’t have anything to add to the 10-K disclosure.”

Sign-Up For Our Free Email Edition
Get the news first with our daily email


 
Blog Get more from The Daily News
Blog News, Training & Events
RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 38 349 15,066
MORTGAGES 111 449 19,779
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 58 3,853
BUILDING PERMITS 0 512 35,842
BANKRUPTCIES 62 309 14,343
BUSINESS LICENSES 18 138 5,129
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 69 385 21,817
MARRIAGE LICENSES 13 106 4,663

Weekly Edition

Issues | About

The Memphis News: Business, politics, and the public interest.