Woo hoo

I remember this judge, he’s one of the good guys:

NEW YORK — A federal judge in New York has struck down a $285 million settlement that Citigroup reached with the Securities and Exchange Commission, citing a need for truth about the financial markets.

Judge Jed Rakoff rejected the settlement Monday. The deal would have imposed penalties on Citigroup even as it allowed the company to deny allegations that it misled investors on a complex mortgage investment. The SEC has accused the bank of betting against the investment in 2007 and making $160 million, while investors lost millions.

The judge wrote that there is an overriding public interest in knowing the truth about the financial markets. He set a July 16 trial date for the case.

3 thoughts on “Woo hoo

  1. Heh! The guy’s decision reads like a blog, full of snark about Citibank’s representations. He called the settlement “neither fair, nor reasonable, nor adequate, nor in the public interest.” Shall we start a pool on how long it takes for the Corporate Media to start his character assassination?

  2. Ron, they began this evening, with experts on NPR saying the judge is an outlier and it would be so very difficult for the SEC to actually take these oh-so-deep-pocketed banksters to an actual trial, with, like, facts.

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