Another Libor Scandal Antitrust Lawsuit Filed, This One on Behalf of Derivatives Investors

At the risk of sounding repetitive, I must report here that there has been yet another Libor-scandal related lawsuit filed in the Southern District of New York. The latest lawsuit, filed on July 30, 2012, purports to be filed on behalf of a class of investors who bought U.S. dollar Libor-based derivatives beginning August 1, 2007. A copy of the complaint in this latest action can be found here.

The lawsuit was filed by 33-35 Green Pond Road Associates, LLC, which bought an interest rate swap with a floating interest rate tied to the U.S. dollar Libor benchmark rate. The plaintiffs' complaint names as defendants the 16 banks that were members of the U.S dollar Libor panel during the class period.

The purported class on whose behalf the action was filed is a detailed construction; the complaint purports to be filed on behalf of all persons or entities "who purchased U.S. dollar LIBOR-Based Derivatives" in the United States from one of 25 non-Defendant commercial banks and insurance companies "based directly on the rates set by Defendants, from at least as early as August 1, 2007 through such time as the effects of the Defendants' illegal conduct ceased." The 25 non-Defendant banks and insurance companies include such banks and insurance companies as Wells Fargo, Met Life, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Keycorp and Northern Trust, among others.

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