US: Court reinstates antitrust claims against Libor Banks

A federal appeals court in Manhattan reinstated a civil antitrust case accusing 16 banks of hurting investors who bought securities tied to Libor by manipulating the interest-rate benchmark.

Bank of America Corp. and Citigroup Inc. are among the defendants sued in the civil lawsuit in Manhattan. The appeals court overturned a 2013 ruling by US District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald who said the investors had failed to show an antitrust injury that would permit them to sue under US law.

The Libor-tied investments included asset swaps, collateralized debt obligations and forward rate agreements.

About a dozen firms have paid almost $9 billion in fines to resolve investigations around the world into rigging of the key benchmark.

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