June 18, 1999
* Two scrap-metal dealers have sued Sumitomo Corp. and Merrill Lynch & Co. in the latest legal skirmish since a 1996 copper-trading scandal that led to government probes and billions of dollars in losses. Los Angeles Scrap Iron & Metal Corp. of Los Angeles and Loeb Industries Inc. in Watertown, Wis., said in a federal lawsuit that they and other copper buyers lost millions because Sumitomo, Merrill and Global Minerals & Metals Corp. hoarded metal in a conspiracy to drive up prices.
September 19, 1998 |
Sumitomo Corp. agreed Friday to pay $42.5 million to settle a California lawsuit, the last class-action claim stemming from one of the largest commodity trading scandals ever. Sumitomo, Japan's third-largest trading company, said it will settle a suit filed in July 1996 on behalf of construction companies and contractors that bought copper products between Jan. 1, 1993, and July 1, 1996, largely construction companies and contractors who buy copper pipe.
August 14, 1998 |
Sumitomo Corp. is in talks to settle a class-action lawsuit filed in California, another step in the company's move to wrap up one of the biggest commodity trading scandals ever. "The main parties are in ongoing discussions, but there are a few outstanding issues to be settled," said Larry Shucharow, lead attorney for the class-action suit. Sumitomo said Wednesday that it will pay $99 million to U.S.
August 13, 1998 |
Sumitomo Corp. said Wednesday that it will pay $99 million to U.S. copper traders, settling six class-action lawsuits in one of the biggest commodity trading scandals ever. The suits were filed two years ago in federal court in New York after a series of unauthorized transactions by Sumitomo's chief copper trader. The company was left with more than $2 billion in losses when the trades collapsed. Another suit is pending in California.
May 12, 1998 |
Sumitomo Corp. agreed to pay $158 million to settle U.S. and British charges that it manipulated copper prices in 1995-96, the company and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission said Monday. The Japanese trading company agreed to pay U.S. fines of $125 million--in the largest CFTC penalty on record--and to set aside an additional $25 million in restitution to cover investor losses, the agency said.
March 26, 1998 |
A former trader at Sumitomo Corp. was sentenced to eight years in jail for racking up huge losses in unauthorized copper futures trading. Yasuo Hamanaka, who was said to have controlled 5% of the world's copper market at one time, racked up $2.6 billion in losses over a 10-year period ending in 1995. Tokyo District Court officials confirmed the sentence, which was reported by major Japanese media.