A preliminary $182M settlement has been reached in a benchmark rigging lawsuit between investors and banks Citigroup Inc. (C) and JPMorgan & Chase (JPM). Now, a federal judge must approve the deal, which would end claims accusing the two financial firms of manipulating the Euribor (Euro Interbank Offered Rate).
The benchmark interest rate is the average rate at which European banks are able to lend money to each other. It also is a key rate used for establishing certain loans.
It was just earlier this year that Euribor investors arrived at a $309M settlement over allegations that Barclays PLC (PLC), Deutsche Bank AG (DB), and HSBC Holdings Plc. (HSBC) had conspired to rig Euribor. Now, as part of this latest Euribor fraud settlement, JPMorgan and Citigroup have agreed to work with investors in their attempts to go after foreign defendant banks who were dropped from this lawsuit last year due to a lack of personal jurisdiction.