On December 8, 2020, HSBC petitioned the Court to preliminarily approve a $42 million agreement to settle class action claims that it conspired with several other banks to fix the price of the gold market. HSBC joins Deutsche Bank, who in 2016 reached a $60 million settlement, bringing the total settlement pool to $102 million.
The lawsuit, filed in 2014, alleges that during the period from January 1, 2004 – June 30, 2013, the defendants conspired to drive down the price of gold around the time of a daily, secret, and unregulated afternoon meeting (the “PM Gold Fix”). The PM Gold Fix was intended to determine the global benchmark price per ounce of gold (the “Fix Price”) based on supply and demand fundamentals stemming from a competitive gold auction among the Fixing members.
The Court recently announced a claim filing deadline of August 23, 2021, for impacted investors to file claims and recover their share of funds from the Settlement pool.
If you sold any physical gold or financial or derivative instruments in which gold is the underlying reference asset between January 1, 2004 – June 30, 2013, you may be eligible to recover as a part of this action. FRT can assist you with evaluating your potential for eligibility and file claims in this case on your behalf.
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Important dates and deadlines
Settlement Class Period: January 1, 2004 – June 30, 2013
Claim Form Deadline: August 23, 2021
Fairness Hearing: October 7, 2021
Opt-Out Deadline: August 6, 2021
If you sold any active physical gold or financial or derivative instruments in which gold is the underlying reference asset between January 1, 2004 – June 30, 2013, you may be eligible to recover as a part of this action. Contact your FRT Account Manager for additional information.
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