Carpenters Pension Trust v. Barclays PLC, et al., No. 13-2678 (2d Cir. 2014)Annotate this Case
Plaintiffs filed suit against defendants, alleging, inter alia, that Barclays knowingly misrepresented its cost of borrowing funds by submitting false information for the purpose of calculating the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR), in violation of section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Securities and Exchange Commission Rule 10b-5. The court held that the district court erred in concluding, prior to any discovery, that plaintiffs failed to plead loss causation where plaintiffs' allegations that the June 28, 2012 decline in Barclay's stock price resulted from the revelation of Barclay's misrepresentations of its 2007-2008 LIBOR rates and defendant Diamond's conference call misrepresentation of Barclays's borrowing costs presented a plausible claim. The court also held that the district court correctly concluded that Barclays's statements in its SEC filings relating to the company's internal control requirements were not materially false. Accordingly, the court vacated in part, affirmed in part, and remanded.