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Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald's ruling

Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald's ruling

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Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald's ruling in re Libor-based Financial Instruments Antritrust Litigation
Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald's ruling in re Libor-based Financial Instruments Antritrust Litigation

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTSOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEWYORK ----------------------------------------XIn re:LIBOR-Based Financial InstrumentsAntitrust Litigation. THIS DOCUMENT RELATES TO: All Cases----------------------------------------X
NAOMI REICE BUCHWALDUNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
 
MEMORANDUMAND ORDER
11 MD 2262 (NRB)
I. Introduction
 These cases arise out of the alleged manipulation of theLondon InterBank Offered Rate (“LIBOR”), an interest ratebenchmark that has been called “the worlds most importantnumber.British Bankers’ Assn, BBA LIBOR: The Worlds MostImportant Number Now Tweets Daily (May 21, 2009), http://www.bbalibor.com/news-releases/bba-libor-the-worlds-most-important-number-now-tweets-daily. As numerous newspaper articles overthe past year have reported, domestic and foreign regulatoryagencies have already reached settlements with several banksinvolved in the LIBOR-setting process, with penalties reachinginto the billions of dollars. The cases presently before us do not involve governmentalregulatory action, but rather are private lawsuits by personswho allegedly suffered harmas a result of the suppression o
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2LIBOR. Starting in mid-2011, such lawsuits began to be filed inthis District and others across the country. On August 12,2011, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation transferredseveral such cases fromother districts to this Court for“coordinated or consolidated pretrial proceedings.In reLibor-Based Fin. Instruments Antitrust Litig., 802 F. Supp. 2d1380, 1381 (J.P.M.L. 2011); see also 28 U.S.C. § 1407 (2006).On June 29, 2012, defendants filed motions to dismiss.Four categories of cases are subject to defendants’ motions todismiss: cases brought by (1) over-the-counter (“OTC”)plaintiffs, (2) exchange-based plaintiffs, (3) bondholderplaintiffs, and (4) Charles Schwab plaintiffs (the “Schwabplaintiffs”). The first three categories each involve purportedclass actions, and each has a single lead action. The leadaction for the OTC plaintiffs is Mayor and City Council oBaltimore v. Bank of America (11 Civ. 5450); the lead action forthe exchange-based plaintiffs is FTC Capital GmbH v. CreditSuisse Group (11 Civ. 2613), and the lead action for thebondholder plaintiffs is Gelboimv. Credit Suisse Group (12 Civ.1025). By contrast, the Schwab plaintiffs do not seek torepresent a class, but rather have initiated three separatecases: Schwab Short-TermBond Market Fund v. Bank of AmericaCorp. (11 Civ. 6409), Charles Schwab Bank, N.A. v. Bank o
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3America Corp. (11 Civ. 6411), and Schwab Money Market Fund v.Bank of America Corp. (11 Civ. 6412).Subsequent to defendants’ filing of their motion todismiss, several new complaints were filed. It quickly becameapparent to us that information relating to this case wouldcontinue indefinitely to come to light, that new complaintswould continue to be filed, and that waiting for the “dust tosettle” would require an unacceptable delay in the proceedings. Therefore, on August 14, 2012, we issued a MemorandumandOrder imposing a stay on all complaints not then subject todefendants’ motions to dismiss, pending the present decision.In re LIBOR-Based Fin. Instruments Antitrust Litig., No. 11 MD2262, 2012 WL 3578149 (S.D.N.Y. Aug. 14, 2012). Although weencouraged the prompt filing of new complaints, see id. at *1n.2, we determined that the most sensible way to proceed wouldbe to wait on addressing those cases until we had clarified thelegal landscape through our decision on defendants’ motions.For the reasons stated below, defendants’ motions todismiss are granted in part and denied in part. With regard toplaintiffsfederal antitrust claim
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and RICO claim, defendants’motions are granted. With regard to plaintiffs’ commodities
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Because each amended complaint asserts only one federal antitrust claim, wewill refer in the singular to plaintiffs’ federal antitrust “claim.Similarly, because each of the Schwab amended complaints asserts one RICOclaimand one Cartwright Act claim, we will refer in the singular to theSchwab plaintiffs’ RICO “claim” and Cartwright Act “claim.
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