In an opinion today, Judge Cote largely denied motions to dismiss from various banks and others accused of colluding to maintain control of the market for credit default swaps. According to the complaint, a joint venture led by Citadel tried to establish a clearinghouse called CMDX that would potentially threaten the defendants’ market dominance, and the defendants responded by conspiring to block critical market participants, ISDA and Markit, from granting licenses that would be necessary for the clearinghouse to function. Judge Cote rejected the defendants’ arguments that the pleadings were not detailed enough to suggest a conspiracy:
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