On January 3, 2018, a Brazilian multinational corporation announced that it has agreed to pay $2.95 billion to resolve the securities class action pending in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York regarding the company’s well-known corruption scandal in Brazil. The class action claimed that investors were harmed by alleged corruption when contractors overcharged the company and kicked back some of the overcharges through bribes to the company's officials. Under the proposed settlement, the company has agreed to pay the funds in three installments. The agreement does not constitute any admission of wrongdoing or misconduct by the company and the company claims that this reflects its status as a victim of the acts uncovered in Operation Car Wash, as the corruption investigation in Brazil is known. The settlement agreement is still subject to approval by the District Court.