Brecher v. Republic of Argentina, No. 14-4385 (2d Cir. 2015)Annotate this Case
This case arose after the Republic of Argentina defaulted on sovereign debt in 2001 and numerous bondholders, including plaintiff, filed a class action suit. In this appeal, Argentina challenged the district court's grant of plaintiff's motion to modify the class definition by removing the continuous holder requirement and expanding the class to all holders of beneficial interests in the relevant bond series without limitations as to time held. In this case, the features of the bonds make the modified class insufficiently definite as a matter of law. Although the class as originally defined by the district court may have presented difficult questions of calculating damages, it did not suffer from a lack of ascertainability. The court concluded that the district court erred in attempting to address those questions by introducing an ascertainability defect into the class definition. Accordingly, the court vacated and remanded for an evidentiary hearing on damages.
The court issued a subsequent related opinion or order on November 18, 2015.