Banks face £1bn class action over forex rigging

Therium is backing a potential £1 billion class action in the UK against major banks that were fined for rigging the foreign exchange market. BarclaysCitigroupJP Morgan and RBS were fined more than €1 billion by the EU’s competition watchdog in 2019 after a five-year investigation revealed market rigging between 2007 and 2013. The banks now face a group claim brought by pension funds, asset managers, hedge funds and corporates from around the world who were affected by the forex cartels. The Competition Appeal Tribunal is deciding whether to issue a collective proceedings order, allowing the action to proceed to the next stage of litigation. More from the Law Gazette.

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Litigation funder went under owing £43m to its backer, administrator reveals

Affiniti Finance, a UK-based litigation funder backing thousands of cases, folded last year when it defaulted on its obligations to its main finance provider Fortress Capital. A recent administrator’s report shows that the company was dependent on Fortress to enable it to advance loans to consumer litigants. But the relationship broke down shortly before administrators were appointed last November and Fortress issued an acceleration notice to Affiniti demanding repayment of the entire £42.9m outstanding.

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Becca Hogan of Law Gazette predicts that recent landmark ‘opt-out’ cases have helped in the law of England and Wales, and the wider legal system, to combine to create an extremely powerful way for consumers to discharge their rights. With the first three opt-out collective actions having been approved, she predicts it is likely that we will see an increase in claimants pursuing breaches of competition law on an opt-out basis.

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