NEW YORK (Reuters) – A federal appeals court signaled that a U.S. securities regulator's proposed $ 285 million civil fraud settlement with Citigroup Inc might end up back in the hands of the same judge who rejected it more than a year ago. The settlement was intended to resolve U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission charges that Citigroup misled investors by selling a $ 1 billion collateralized debt obligation in 2007 as housing prices were falling, without revealing its bet against the underlying mortgages. In rejecting the settlement in November 2011, U.S. …
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