Finders keepers, losers weepers is not always the law of the land.

Hedge funds are on the verge of reluctantly returning some $500m that Citigroup accidentally gave to them three years ago, a court filing shows.

In 2020, Citi because of a processing error, paid off an $894m loan owed by bankrupt cosmetics company Revlon. Citi then sued to get back $500m that wasn’t returned to it after discovering the error, from lenders to Revlon including Brigade Capital Management, HPS Investment Partners and Symphony Asset Management.

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According to attorneys from both sides in a letter to the court on 5 December, three defendants have indicated they are ready to sign an agreement to resolve the litigation, while other parties have made “substantial progress” toward a deal but aren’t in a position to return the money.

In September, an appeals court ruled that lenders to Revlon did not deserve a huge windfall, overturning an earlier rule that they could keep the payouts.

This article was published by MarketWatch, part of Dow Jones

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