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Law360, New York (August 01, 2013, 1:23 PM ET) ‐‐ The recently filed cases against BP PLC, Royal Dutch Shell PLC and Statoil ASA alleging manipulation of Brent crude oil prices,1 and the resulting manipulative effect on the price of Brent crude oil futures traded on futures exchanges, may be a case of history repeating itself. The allegations in these new complaints are very similar to those made in the well‐known 2004 commodities class action In re Natural Gas Commodity Litigation. The Natural Gas plaintiffs similarly alleged that manipulation of physical natural gas prices affected the prices of natural gas futures traded on futures exchanges.2
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