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Standard & Poor’s liable for ratings misrepresentations
Posted By David Jacobson On November 5, 2012 @ 1:32 pm In Corporations Act,Financial Services | Comments Disabled
In Bathurst Regional Council v Local Government Financial Services Pty Ltd (No 5)  FCA 1200  the Federal Court of Australia has allowed claims by 13 local councils which had lost over $16M when they purchased through Local Government Financial Services Pty Ltd a structured financial product known as a constant proportion debt obligation or CPDO from ABN Amro rated AAA by Standard & Poor’s.
UPDATE 14 March 2013: The decision on damages, interest and costs
Judge Jagot decided that:
Judge Jagot rejected the arguments made by LGFS, S&P and ABN Amro of contributory negligence or the equivalent by the councils and ordered they were each proportionally liable to the councils as to 33⅓% each for the difference between the principal amount each council paid and the payment they received on the cash-out of the notes.
He also made orders as to the entitlements of S&P, ABN Amro and LGFS in cross-claims they made against each other and LGFS’s claim for indemnity under the contract of insurance between FuturePlus and American Home Assurance Company.
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