District Court Denies Motions by Amaranth and Brain Hunter to Dismiss CFTC’s Claims of Attempted Market Manipulation and Attempted Cover Up

  • District Court found that the CFTC had alleged sufficient facts regarding Amaranth’s attempted manipulation of natural gas futures markets – including two sets of “marking the close” trades in early 2006 – to survive motions to dismiss.
  • Court also found that the CFTC had adequately pleaded its cover up case, based on allegations of misrepresentations in a letter from Amaranth to the NYMEX Compliance Department.
  • Court held that it had personal jurisdiction over Hunter based on NYMEX orders he placed from Canada through a broker in New York.

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