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In SDNY Citigroup Continued Sealing Requests in Advance Analytics Case Now Pursuing Fees

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Nov 12 – A lawsuit against Citigroup first filed in 2004 was transferred from retired Magistrate Judge Henry B. Pitman to then-new Magistrate Judge Sarah L. Cave in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

    And still at a conference on November 12, 2019 many of the issues involved Citigroup through its law firm Cleary Gottlieb seeking to strike and redact documents from the docket and otherwise withhold them from the public.

   Back in May Inner City Press reported on a conference in this case, Advanced Analyics v. Citigroup Global Markets, at which then-Judge Pitman granted a Citigroup motion to seal, saying if the public objected, maybe things would be different.

   The question, of course, is how would the public know?

   On November 20 Magistrate Judge Cave began by proposing language for Citigroup and proposed intervenors to confer and jointly write to the Court if they reach an agreement. If they don't, Citigroup would have some 21 days to respond to a motion.

    Advanced Analytics lawyer Peter J. Toren, different than its counsel in May, asked to be part of the process including on the issue of how much would be sealed. There is also a pending motion for fees against Toren; his request defer it was denied by Judge Cave.  

Typically for this case, the conference ended with yet another document Citigroup wants sealed or further redacted. Toren said there are three versions "floating around." The one in the docket is repeatedly marked redacted, with Cleary Gottlieb for Citigroup to inform the court  how much sealing it wanted.

Jump cut to February 2, 2022; the parties were once again before Judge Cave, now about attorneys' fees. AAI and Collins have been given until March 2 to show cause why they should not be held in contempt for failing to pay Citigroup's attorneys' fees of $57,270.91. The case is Advanced Analyics Inc. v. Citigroup Global Markets, et al, 04-cv-3531 (Swain / Cave)


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