US Federal Court: Private Lawsuit Can Bring 16 of the World’s Largest Criminal Banks to Their Knees

lawsuit-to-bring-down-bankersBy Matt Agorist

In 2007, more than a dozen of the world’s largest banks colluded to deliberately depress the rate at which they paid out on investments. This rate is known as the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR), which is the average of interest rates estimated by each of the leading banks in London that it would be charged were it to borrow from other banks.

Financial institutions, mortgage lenders, and credit card agencies around the world, set their own rates relative to it, and at least $350 trillion in derivatives and other financial products are tied to the LIBOR. These mega banks suppressed LIBOR, during the beginning of the collapse, to boost earnings and make their bottom lines appear healthier.

This banking conspiracy to rig LIBOR was one of the key factors in bringing about the financial collapse of 2008. The scandal was so large, in fact, that it nearly bankrupt the planet.

After the dust had cleared, multiple investors launched lawsuits against these megabanks. However, in March of 2013, U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald dismissed much, though not all, of this class action lawsuit directed at the banks.

Buchwald argued in favor of the banks, saying that since the LIBOR-setting process was never meant to be competitive, the suppression of that process was not anti-competitive.

This ruling was a huge win for the banks. However, a new ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has overturned that win.

“Appellants sustained their burden of showing injury by alleging that they paid artificially fixed higher prices,” Circuit Judge Dennis Jacobs wrote for a three-judge appeals court panel.

The revived antitrust lawsuit, according to the appeals court, could be devastating to these 16 banks, including Deutsche Bank AG, Royal Bank of Canada, Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc, UBS AG, HSBC Holdings Plc, Barclays Plc, Credit Suisse Group AG, Bank of America Corp, Citigroup Inc., and JPMorgan Chase & Co.

“Requiring the banks to pay treble damages to every plaintiff who ended up on the wrong side of an independent Libor‐denominated derivative swap would, if appellants’ allegations were proved at trial, not only bankrupt 16 of the world’s most important financial institutions, but also vastly extend the potential scope of antitrust liability in myriad markets where derivative instruments have proliferated,” the U.S. Court of Appeals in New York said in the ruling.

As the Free Thought Project has previously reported, these megabanks have been caught over and over rigging the market, and none of them are ever held criminally liable. They simply pay a fine, aka bribe, to the United States government, and continue business as usual.

This time, however, it is not the government waging the lawsuit; it is private individuals. The sheer number of monetary assets tied to the plaintiffs in this case could deal a devastating blow to these unscrupulous bankers, and there is potential, as the appeals court stated, to bring these criminals to their knees.

Michael A. Carrier, a professor at Rutgers Law School in Camden, New Jersey, said the ruling was “extremely important” because of the threat to the banks, according to Bloomberg.

However, as Carrier states, “this is far from a home run for the plaintiffs. But it does allow them to go forward with the case.”

Regardless of the outcome of this case, it will only serve to open the eyes of those who remain oblivious to the ruling class and money changers. Through the issuance of cheap money, at the expense of taxpayers, the banking system has facilitated a full-time warfare state — all the while making risky and irresponsible decisions that threaten the people’s life savings.

As Ron Paul put it, “It is no coincidence that the century of total war coincided with the century of central banking.”

Matt Agorist is the co-founder of TheFreeThoughtProject.com, where this article first appeared. He is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world.


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9 Comments on "US Federal Court: Private Lawsuit Can Bring 16 of the World’s Largest Criminal Banks to Their Knees"

  1. PERS ponzi 1st repsonders | May 24, 2016 at 12:49 pm | Reply

    …..

  2. gordon_wagner | May 24, 2016 at 1:09 pm | Reply

    Not a single banker will see the inside of a cell. I’m not a psychic, but I seem to sense this.

  3. Well, go on then…

    Meanwhile, in 2016, nothing of the sort has happened.

  4. A dog may turn on the master and bite it, but the dog is still the dog and the master still the master. Who’s gonna win in that scenario?

    This is simply more theater. Though I loathe the banksters with every fiber of my being, one must recall the banksters own the media, the courts, the government….the whole ball of wax. With the net, they know awareness is growing….their answer (as one way) of addressing this is to provide a ‘sense’ of ‘victory’ for the little guy….this plays out until a created scandal moves attention away from the case and onto some other disaster or event.

  5. Iceland the bankers.
    Manipulating in all markets – no doubt. Gold collar scum.
    USURYisTHEFT.

  6. Patrik Kling | May 25, 2016 at 11:31 am | Reply

    Is there a Go Fund Me project or something similar to bring in money for this lawsuit? So we the people could help fund this! It would be a great victory for all of humankind because we need a system where everyone can thrive, not just some on behalf of everyone else :).

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