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Argentina appeals Judge Griesa's 'contempt of court' ruling

Wednesday, November 5th 2014 - 03:43 UTC
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Griesa said that Argentina’s moves to strip Bank of New York Mellon as the trustee for bonds and plans to replace it with Nacion Fideicomisos was illegal Griesa said that Argentina’s moves to strip Bank of New York Mellon as the trustee for bonds and plans to replace it with Nacion Fideicomisos was illegal
The magistrate subsequently blocked Bank of New York Mellon Corp from processing a 539 million dollars interest payment The magistrate subsequently blocked Bank of New York Mellon Corp from processing a 539 million dollars interest payment

Argentina on Monday asked the Second Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn a federal judge’s finding that it is in contempt of court for taking steps to evade his orders that bondholders who agreed to debt restructurings can only be paid if holdout hedge funds are also compensated.

 Argentina filed a notice of appeal of the ruling by U.S. District Judge Thomas Griesa in which he found that Argentina’s moves to strip the Bank of New York Mellon Corp. as the trustee for the bonds and its plans to replace it with Nacion Fideicomisos SA was illegal, in contempt of court and ordered it must reverse entirely actions.

However Griesa has yet to decide what sanctions should be imposed on the Argentina after in September finding it had taken “illegal” steps to evade his orders. Argentina defaulted in July after refusing to honor court orders to pay 1.33 billion dollars plus interest to U.S. hedge funds suing for full payment on bonds following its earlier 2002 default.

The hedge funds, led by NML and Aurelius Capital Management, had spurned the country's 2005 and 2010 debt restructurings, which resulted in exchanges for about 92 percent of the country's defaulted debt. Investors who exchanged bonds were paid less than 30 cents on the dollar.

Argentina's most recent default came after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear Argentina's appeal of a ruling that it must pay the holdouts when it paid holders of the exchanged bonds.

Griesa subsequently blocked Bank of New York Mellon Corp from processing a 539 million dollars interest payment on what the country says is over 28bn in debt. The order sent Argentina on a course to default after no settlement was reached.

Judge Griesa on Monday expanded the power of his Special Master Daniel A. Pollack to take on additional cases in conducting settlement negotiations with plaintiffs and Argentina. Pollack, chosen as mediator in June, is managing partner of the law firm McCarter & English in New York.

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  • Conqueror

    What a hilarious move by The Dumb Country. Does it not notice that the Second Circuit Court of Appeals rejects all argie appeals? Does it not understand that a contempt order by a U.S. court is about as autonomous an action as can be taken? Time for argieland to be declared a 'non-country'. Removed from any position in any international body. Defined as 'illegal'.

    Nov 05th, 2014 - 10:25 am 0
  • ChrisR

    The cretins 'ruling' TDC just don't want to be told and cannot understand how a Judge can actually be more powerful than them!

    Well, they made that decision when they invoked NY Law in the bonds.

    Nov 05th, 2014 - 11:48 am 0
  • golfcronie

    TDC will appeal and appeal until they think that the RUFO clause runs out. They feel it is in their interest to prolong the enevitable.

    Nov 05th, 2014 - 12:35 pm 0
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