It’s New Years Eve, and perhaps a little game is in order to get ready for the turn of the calendar in about 3 hours. Let’s play connect the dots.
- In July, David Kocieniewski writes a big-totally incoherent, but big-article in the New York Times on the aluminum warehouse controversy involving Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and others. The article focuses on Goldman’s Metro Warehouse in Detroit.
- On 1 August, 2013, the law firm Lovell, Stewart, Halebian and Jacobson LLC files suit against Goldman Sachs for violating Sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Antitrust Act in its operation of the Metro Warehouse in Detroit.
- The Lovell, Stewart complaint cites the Kocieniewski article. Numerous news articles state that Lovell, Stewart is the firm that filed the complaint.
- Lovell, Stewart is one of the leading plaintiffs’ law firms in the country. It is indisputably the leader in manipulation class action lawsuits filed under the Commodity Exchange Act. LSHJLLP has been the lead counsel or co-lead counsel in virtually every major manipulation lawsuit in the US, and has won hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements in such cases. Its web page lists numerous past and current commodity manipulation cases, as well as other cases filed against financial institutions.
- I have worked as an expert in numerous cases for Lovell, Stewart (and its predecessor law firms) going back to 1994. Many of these are manipulation cases.
- David Kocieniewski knew, before writing his hatchet job, that I had worked for Lovell, Stewart.
- Kocieniewski did not ask me about my work for Lovell, Stewart. He did ask me about my work for trading firms and banks. I did mention, on my own initiative, that I had been adverse to such firms in some of my work.
- Kocieniewski mentioned my work for trading firms and banks, but did not mention my work for Lovell, Stewart.
So there are the dots. Help me connect them.
Seriously. I would like you to tell me in the comments what you see when you connect those 8 dots: what inferences do you draw? I know what I see, but I’d like to crowd-source this. Maybe you all see something different. Thanks in advance for your help, and have fun playing!
And to all my readers: have a Happy and Healthy New Year. Your interest and continued support is what makes this a rewarding endeavor. Cheers!