Since late 2016, 13 actions have been consolidated in In re SSA Bonds Antitrust Litigation, No. 1:16-cv-03711-ER (SDNY) (“In re SSA”). In this post, we focus on the facts alleged in In re SSA. In an upcoming post we will discuss the ongoing settlements and the motion to dismiss briefing in this consolidated action. At core, the allegations paint a picture of bank market maker collaboration and collusion to the harm of secondary market purchasers and participants. Continue reading SSA Swindling?
On June 20, 2018, the New York State Department of Financial Services announced that it has fined Deutsche Bank $205 million for “for violations of New York banking law, including efforts to improperly coordinate trading activity through online chat rooms, improperly sharing confidential customer information, trading aggressively to skew prices, and misleading customers.” Continue reading NY Fines Deutsche Bank $205 Million for Forex Market Manipulation
It’s time to dig in to the defenses put forward by the Prime Broker Defendants in their motion to dismiss papers, filed back in January 2018. Defendants’ arguments cover four main topics: first, Plaintiffs failed to adequately allege a violation of the Sherman Act; second, Plaintiffs lack antitrust standing; third, Plaintiffs’ claims are time barred; and fourth, Plaintiffs have failed to state a claim for unjust enrichment. Continue reading Stock Loan Lowdown, Part Two: To Dismiss or Not to Dismiss?
On June 18, 2018, the CFTC entered an order requiring JPMorgan Chase to pay a $65 million penalty for attempted manipulation of the ISDAfix benchmark rate. Continue reading JP Morgan Chase Consents to $65 Million Penalty Relating to ISDAfix Manipulation
Bloomberg reports that Citigroup has agreed to pay $100 million to settle claims by 42 states against it relating to “misrepresent[ing] the integrity of the Libor benchmark to state and local governments, not-for-profit organizations and institutional trading counterparties.” Continue reading Citigroup Agrees to Pay $100 Million to Settle State LIBOR Investigations
There have been at least 76 actions filed across the United States since 2011 relating to manipulation of LIBOR or the London Interbank Offered Rate for the U.S. dollar. Since August 2011, 71 of these actions have been transferred to a Multi-District Litigation in the Southern District of New York: In Re: Libor-Based Financial Instruments Antitrust Litigation, 11-MD-02262 (“In re Libor”). Continue reading Banks Put the “Lie” in LIBOR
This post will provide an overview of five litigations, listed below, all of which concern the operation of stock exchanges and the Barclay’s Liquidity Cross (or “LX”) dark pool, and which have been MDL’d under In Re: Barclays Liquidity Cross and High Frequency Trading Litigation, 1:14-md-02589-JMF (SDNY). Continue reading Trickery in [High Frequency] Trading