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In FX Manipulation Case Fight About Discovery Hits SDNY Judge Aaron Declines to Modify

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, May 7 – In 2018 a 227-page complaint was filed about foreign exchange manipulation, against a slew of banks including Citigroup, Bank of America, MUFG, RBS, Barclays, UBS, HSBC, JP Morgan Chase and Deutsche Bank. 

 On June 24, 2020, there was a proceeding before U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Magistrate Judge Stewart D. Aaron. Inner City Press covered it. 

 Things got surprisingly raucous between the corporate counsel, about electronic discovery search terms.

 Judge Aaron said, I am the judge, I am going to speak. And he did, ordering the parties to meet and confer and provide hit counts to each other, that relate in any way to FX trading.  

 Judge Aaron set another conference. So it goes with corporate litigation.

  On February 26, another conference was held. Judge Aaron listened, probed, then ordered that "each of those defendants that has not provided complete hit count reports to Plaintiffs shale provide a program report to the Court regarding such reports."

  On May 7, Judge Aaron held another conference, and Inner City Press again covered it. Judge Aaron spoke about spade-work for the seed set. He denied the plaintiffs' request to modify the protective order. "Given the procedural posture of the second FX action in the UK, there is no compelling need for the modification of the protective order at this time." Next up? June 17.

The case is Allianz Global Investors GmbH et al v. Bank Of America Corporation et al., 18-cv-10364 (Schofield / Aaron). 


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