Shareholder Sues CSX, Claims Hedge Funds Were to Blame

New York (HedgeCo.Net) – CSX is finding themselves in the middle of another battle, this time with a shareholder who is suing the railroad company along with hedge funds TCI and 3G Capital Partners.

Shareholder Deborah Donoghue is seeking the recovery of “short swing” profits from sales conducted by the two hedge funds between August and September 2007. She is hoping to recover profits from the sale of shares by the funds, before they announced their plan to launch a proxy battle and shake up the Board of Directors.

Donoghue is claiming that TCI and 3G sold 2 million shares of CSX stock and within six months, bought a large amount of shares and derivatives equal to shares of CSX common stock at lower prices.

“Such profits are recoverable on behalf of CSX by plaintiff as a shareholder of CSX, the latter having failed or refused to act in its own right and for its own benefit,” stated the complaint.

Donoghue isn’t the only one who believes the hedge funds didn’t act in good faith.  CSX has been in a battle with the two funds ever since they exerted their controlling stakes to take over four board seats on the Jacksonville, Florida based company after a drawn out proxy battle.

CSX had argued that the funds “secretly coordinated” their fight to gain the seats on the board while failing to disclose their full stake in the company.  The judge eventually ruled with the hedge funds, allowing them to vote their shares at the company’s annual meeting in June.

Hedge funds are not required to report to the Securities and Exchange Commission, thus these “short-swing” profits were not publicized.

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