Re: Shareholders Carry the Can?
Shareholders have the ultimate "voting right" which they exercise with every buy or sell transaction.
When the investors start to move toward the door in significant numbers the share price drops, which means the value of the company is lessened, making it less attractive to new investors.
This big a fine is newsworthy enough to stampede a noticeable number of the small investors. If too many of them join the sidle to the exit the stock price can drop enough to bring attention from the financial regulators.