from Alison Frankel:

The next great benchmark manipulation case?

By Alison Frankel
July 16, 2013

Last spring, when U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald of Manhattan decimated the consolidated private litigation over banks' manipulation of the London Interbank Offered Rate, the only claims that remained upright in the rubble of her ruling were those brought under the Commodity Exchange Act, which makes tampering with the price of exchange-traded commodities or futures illegal. Buchwald's opinion cited a plethora of Manhattan federal court decisions that permitted victims of futures price manipulation to move forward with their suits, including three consolidated class actions involving rigged prices for oil futures. I suspect we're going to be hearing a lot more about those cases over the next several months. Even as the class action bar tries to persuade the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals to reinstate the Libor antitrust claims that Buchwald dismissed, plaintiffs lawyers are gearing up for the next big litigation: claims that BP, Royal Dutch Shell, Statoil and other unidentified conspirators violated commodity and antitrust laws by reporting false prices for North Sea Brent crude oil to the price-setting agency Platts.

from Breakingviews:

Third time lucky looks a stretch for Eike Batista

July 1, 2013

By Christopher Swann
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Breakingviews:

China’s corporate spying is three-cornered problem

June 28, 2013

By John Foley

(The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own)

from The Great Debate:

The looming U.S.-China rivalry over Latin America

By Gary Regenstreif
June 12, 2013

President Barack Obama meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) in California, June 7, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

from Breakingviews:

Efficiency revolution would put shale to shame

June 4, 2013

By Kevin Allison and Christopher Swann

The authors are Reuters Breakingviews columnists. The opinions expressed are their own.

from Breakingviews:

Europe rightly throws shade on solar tariffs plan

May 28, 2013

By John Foley

(The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own)

from Global Investing:

Turkey: investment grade, peace and FDI?

May 21, 2013

Turkey's elevation to investment grade last week may or may not be a game changer for its stock and bond markets, but the country is really hoping for a boost to FDI - bricks-and-mortar foreign direct investment  into manufacturing or power generation. Its peace process with Kurdish separatists should help.

from Ian Bremmer:

Washington’s scandals won’t stunt America’s recovery

By Ian Bremmer
May 16, 2013

Scandal has visited the Obama administration, and thanks to the media narrative it’s larger than the sum of its parts. With a talking-point imbroglio after Benghazi, the IRS’s discriminatory practices and the Justice Department’s procurement of Associated Press phone records, the Obama administration and its allies are right to be worried.

from Breakingviews:

Shell must hope Voser successor mimics his ways

May 2, 2013

By Kevin Allison

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own

from Breakingviews:

Exxon Mobil running hard just to stand still

April 25, 2013

By Christopher Swann

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.