UPDATE 1-Bill Gates foundation trust sues Brazil's Petrobras over share losses

viernes 25 de septiembre de 2015 17:50 GYT

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By Jonathan Stempel

NEW YORK, Sept 25 (Reuters) - The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust has sued Brazil's Petrobras to recoup stock losses stemming from a corruption scandal at the state-run oil company.

According to a complaint filed late Thursday night in federal court in Manhattan, Petrobras' "pervasive bribery and money laundering scheme" caused the trust and another plaintiff, WGI Emerging Markets Fund LLC, to lose tens of millions of dollars by investing in the company.

"Indeed, the scandal still seems to escalate by the day - as more guilty pleas, more arrests, and more secret bank accounts are uncovered," the complaint said.

Petrobras, whose formal name is Petroleo Brasileiro SA, is facing a slew of U.S. class-action litigation claiming that years of corruption, including bribery, inflated the value of more than $98 billion of its stock and bonds.

Created in 2000 by Microsoft Corp co-founder Bill Gates and his wife Melinda, the Gates Foundation focuses on improving health and education and reducing poverty.

Based in Seattle, it is among the world's largest philanthropic organizations, with a $41.3 billion endowment.

Berkshire Hathaway Inc Chairman Warren Buffett is a trustee of the foundation.   Continuación...