Toshiba Being Sued for $399 Million for Accounting Irregularities

Photographer: Akio Kon/Bloomberg

Toshiba Corporation of Tokyo, Japan, reports that it’s was being sued by 70 shareholders, foreign institutional investors, and individuals seeking damages of 43 billion yen related to inappropriate accounting.

Toshiba said it plans to book an additional provision for the year ended in March for the lawsuit.

To date, Toshiba has been sued by 26 groups and individuals since it first admitted to reporting inflated profits going back to 2008, with total damages of 108.4 billion yen ($1 billion U.S.) being sought.

Toshiba’s financial problems came to light in January 2017, when its U.S. nuclear unit, Westinghouse, began reporting it was in financial trouble. Westinghouse subsequently filed for U.S. bankruptcy protection, having suffered losses due to cost overruns at two nuclear projects in Georgia and South Carolina. Toshiba also recently stated that it will seek buyers for its memory-chip business to help stem its financial losses.

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