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Posted: September 3, 2019

Second Circuit Reinstates Aluminium Antitrust Lawsuit

Law360 (subscription required) and nasdaq.com are reporting that the Second Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of Eastman Kodak, Fujifilm and other plaintiffs by reversing a lower court’s dismissal of antitrust claims they brought against Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, and other entities. The plaintiffs are manufacturers who allege that the price they... Read more »

Posted: June 5, 2019

Chicago Board Options Exchange Dismissed From VIX Manipulation Lawsuit

Reuters and the Wall Street Journal are reporting that an Illinois Federal judge has dismissed claims against Cboe Global Markets Inc. arising out of alleged manipulation of the CBOE’s VIX volatility index. Judge Manish Shah held that common-law negligence claims were preempted by federal law, and that the plaintiffs had failed to plead violations of... Read more »

Posted: April 11, 2019

The VIX is Fixed?! Plaintiffs Think Their Charges Should Stick

We’re back for another installment of the most-fun-to-name series of posts the Manipulation Monitor has to offer. Last time around, we reviewed Defendant’s valiant efforts to rid the world – or, at least, the Northern District of Illinois – of the scourge of VIX-related claims. Plaintiffs have some comments, of course, so we’re back again... Read more »

Posted: March 19, 2019

Forthcoming Mandamus Petition in Gold Fixing Antitrust Case Puts Discoverability of Plaintiffs’ Statistical Market Analyses at Center Stage

When the emergence of big data and supercomputing drew complex statistical analyses—event studies, regression analyses, ANOVA methods and the like—out of the classroom and into the marketplace, those paying attention knew that courtrooms would not be far behind. Today, these complex statistical analyses give market-watchers (potential Plaintiffs) unparalleled ability to identify unnatural market movement and... Read more »

Posted: November 30, 2018

“Fixing” with the Fix? – Part II – Are “Umbrella Purchasers” “Efficient Enforcers?”

This week we return to the world of precious metals to compare and contrast whether “umbrella purchaser” Plaintiffs (“Umbrella Plaintiffs”) were “efficient enforcers” for the purposes of anti-trust standing. The precious metals actions are respectively: In re: Commodity Exchange, Inc., Gold Futures and Options Trading Litigation, 1:14-md-02548-VEC (S.D.N.Y.) (“In re Gold”); In re: London Silver... Read more »

Posted: November 16, 2018

Eastman Kodak Takes Aluminum Market Manipulation Claims to the UK

Law 360 reports that Eastman Kodak has filed claims against Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, Glencore, and other entities, accusing them of violating UK and EU competition law by manipulating or distorting the aluminum market by conspiring with aluminium warehousers affiliated with the London Metal Exchange to withhold or delay supplies. A similar lawsuit in... Read more »

Posted: October 17, 2018

Alleged Aluminum Allocation Fixing – Part II – Failure to Allege that the Injury was “Inextricably Intertwined”

This week we cover the Motion to Dismiss and affirming Appellate decisions decided in 2014 and 2016 in In re: Aluminum Warehousing Antitrust Litigation, 1:13-md-02481-KBF (SDNY), an action previously introduced in our September 24, 2018, post, where one can find a full account of the alleged collusion. Brief Overview of the Alleged Collusion Plaintiffs allege... Read more »

Posted: October 3, 2018

Chicago Board Options Exchange Takes Steps To Address Volatility Index Manipulation Concerns

Reuters reports that CBOE is working with FINRA “to develop machine learning techniques to tell whether market conditions surrounding the VIX settlement are potentially anomalous” in order to address concerns that traders could manipulate its VIX volatility index by strategically placing S&P options orders.

Posted: September 24, 2018

Alleged Aluminum Allocation Fixing

This week we cover the allegations in the multi-district litigation In re: Aluminum Warehousing Antitrust Litigation, 1:13-md-02481-KBF (SDNY) (“In re Aluminum Antitrust Litigation”). We will leave a discussion of the subsequent motion to dismiss briefing and decision, and the appeals to a later date. In short, the Plaintiffs in In re Aluminum Antitrust Litigation allege... Read more »