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Securities Regulation Keyed to Coffee
Central Bank of Denver, N.A. v. First Interstate Bank of Denver, N.A.
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Central Bank served as an indenture trustee for two bond issues made by the Colorado Building Authority with the bond covenants necessitating that the land value be 160% of the bonds outstanding principal and interest, minimum. Once the underwriter voiced concern that the 160% test was not being fulfilled, Central Bank’s in-house appraiser recommended maintaining an outside appraiser. At the request of the provider of the last appraisal, AmWest, Central Bank agreed to suspend the independent review. Prior to the independent review finished, the Authority defaulted on the bonds. Buyer of substantial bulk of the second bond issue, First Interstate, brought suit, claiming principal violations of § 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and that Central Bank was vicariously liable for aiding and abetting the deception. The district court granted summary judgment to Central Bank. The court of appeals reversed. Central Bank appealed.
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