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Unilever and Merrill Lynch lock horns over pension fund

Unilever started its £130m damages and negligence claim this week, brought against Merrill Lynch over the management of its pension fund. Unilever says Mercury Asset Management, subsequently bought by Merrill Lynch, followed a risky investment strategy even though it had been told to invest its pension fund more cautiously. Unilever says Mercury repeatedly failed to meet a downside return of 3 per cent below the FTSE all-share index. The case is set to run for six to eight weeks and a judgment is expected in January 2002.

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