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Argentina Requests Supreme Court Reverse Federal Court Rulings that favor Predatory Hedge Funds

category international | miscellaneous | news report author Wednesday February 19, 2014 17:02author by Arielle Retrosi Report this post to the editors

Argentina officially requested that the US Supreme Court hear an appeal in a debt case that will impact people living in extreme poverty around the world. The case dates back to Argentina's 2001 default, after which 92% of all Argentine bond holders restructured their defaulted debt. Predatory hedge fund, NML Capital leads a small group of holdouts who won judgments for payment in lower US Courts. NML Capital never invested in Argentina and bought the debt cheaply after Argentina's default. Because sovereign lending is contracted in the United States, the precedent the case sets impacts some of the poorest economies around the globe and allows these hedge funds to target assets that benefit poor people. The International Monetary Fund, the Paris Club, legitimate investors, the US and most governments oppose this predatory behavior because it cancels the benefits of debt relief, makes sovereign debt restructuring more difficult and limits credit to poor countries

"This particular legal case will have some of the most significant impacts on global poverty in our lifetimes," shared Eric LeCompte, Executive Director of Jubilee USA Network, a religious antipoverty organization. "It's encouraging that there is a global chorus that decries this harmful predatory behavior."

The religious community and antipoverty advocates continue to monitor the case because it impacts those living in extreme poverty. In late April, the US Supreme Court is hearing a separate but related case between Argentina and the same holdouts led by NML Capital. The Supreme Court will determine when and where certain Argentine assets can be targeted for payment collection. The United States government has filed in support of Argentina for the April hearing.

Jubilee USA Network is an alliance of more than 75 US organizations, 400 faith communities and 50 Jubilee global partners. Jubilee's mission is to build an economy that serves, protects and promotes participation of the most vulnerable. Jubilee USA has won critical global financial reforms and more than $130 billion in debt relief to benefit the world's poorest people. www.jubileeusa.org

author by jabawokpublication date Wed Feb 19, 2014 21:14Report this post to the editors

I believe it is time for the little man stop playing by the rules of others, political representation is a myth, play by your rules, put your life and your family's life first and where ever possible be self sufficient, stop reading, listening and watching the Capitalist owned media.
Argentina should only accept the American Supreme Court decision if it goes Argentina's way .

author by fredpublication date Thu Feb 20, 2014 16:20Report this post to the editors

You're right jabawok but the US have a lot of weapons including over 5,000 nukes, and are batshit insane
People are scared of them.
That's why they play it their way.

Who says nukes are never used. The threat of them hangs over everything the US says and does. Surely that's considered use of nuclear weapons? You don't need to actually fire them for them to be useful.

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