JPMorgan Chase's settlements with Bernard Madoff's victims and the court-appointed trustee recovering money for them has been approved.
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Stuart Bernstein signed off on the $543 million pact, part of the bank's $2.7 billion deferred-prosecution agreement with the U.S. Justice Department. The deal, struck last month, will see $325 million go to Irving Picard, the trustee, and $218 million to settle class-action lawsuits.
JPMorgan struck the agreement to avoid criminal prosecution for failing to notify U.S. authorities of its concerns about Madoff. The firm served as Madoff's primary banker for decades.