has won a victory in its battle against investors who charge it had illegal shelf-space agreements with mutual fund companies,
. Judge Richard Owen
, a U.S. district judge for the southern district of New York, dismissed the case on June 9, it emerged Tuesday.
The investors claim that Merrill did not sufficiently disclose that it accepted money from firms including Dreyfus
, Lord Abbett
for each client investing in one of their funds. The court ruled, however, that Merrill had no legal obligation to tell investors more than they did, and that the plaintiffs did not establish a clear link between omitted information and the performance of their investments.
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