A look back at Antitrust Litigation in 2018

2018 saw five antitrust filing deadlines that combined for nearly $4 billion available to investors – Libor, EuroyenForexISDAfix, and Euribor. In many antitrust cases, litigation continues against other defendants, creating the potential for more recoveries in the future. With more than 40 active antitrust matters with hundreds of millions sitting in escrow accounts, Financial Recovery Technologies has authored a primer on antitrust litigations for firms who may not have filed or experienced challenges filing in 2018 to prepare for future matters. 

Five Notable Antitrust Settlements FRT Filed in 2018:

1. Libor OTC U.S. Dollar ($590m) – Over 16,200 claims

Barclays, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, and HSBC Holdings Plc settled on behalf of plaintiffs who traded LIBOR instruments over-the- counter. For LIBOR bondholders, Barclays, UBS and HSBC have agreed to settle for $36 Million. Many defendants have agreed to settle for $151.9m on behalf of Exchange based members. J.P. Morgan has settled $22 million with Swiss Franc members. In all three cases, several banks remain in litigation.

>> READ ABOUT THE LESSONS LEARNED

2. Euroyen ($236m) – Over 11,200 claims

$236 million represents a partial settlement by 6 banks, Citi, HSBC, J.P. Morgan, Deutsche Bank, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd. and Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corp.

>> READ THE CASE UPDATE

3. Forex ($2.3b) – Over 37,600 claims

Given the high-profile nature of the Forex litigation and the significant size of the settlement ($2.3 billion), we expected participation rates to be higher. As we previously mentioned, there is a ~30% participation rate and projected payout of ~100% of losses. This suggests that while many investors did not file for Forex for whatever reason, those that did will receive a significantly larger payout as a percentage of losses due to the low participation rate.

>> READ WHY THE FX CASE SHOULD MATTER TO INVESTORS

4. ISDAfix ($504.5m) – Over 65,000 claims

All 15 defendants agreed to settle claims including: J.P. Morgan, Bank of America, Barclays, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, RBS, Citi, Goldman Sachs, UBS, HSBC, BNP Paribas, Wells Fargo, ICAP Capital Markets, Morgan Stanley and Nomura Securities International.

>> READ ABOUT THE LESSONS LEARNED

5. Euribor ($309m) – Over 29,300 claims

To date, five defendants have agreed to settle and roughly 15 remain in litigation. Citigroup and J.P. Morgan have an upcoming filing deadline on July 31, 2019. Unlike the Forex Antitrust case, investors do not have a constructed trade option for Euribor. Claim forms are blank and class members must submit their full trade details by the deadline. If you haven’t joined the Euribor antitrust case, contact us today to help you with this unique and complex case.

>> READ THE CASE UPDATE

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