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Waltuch v. Conticommodity Services, Inc.
Citation:88 F.3d 87 (2d Cir. 1996).
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Waltuch was the vice president and chief metals trader for Conti. Waltuch traded silver for Conti’s clients and, during a silver price spike in 1979 and 1980, numerous clients purchased huge quantities of silver futures contracts. Unfortunately, on “Silver Thursday” the price of silver fell rapidly. Between 1981 and 1985, Waltuch and Conti were sued by numerous angry clients for fraud, market manipulation, and antitrust violations. All of the suits were settled with Conti paying over $35 million in settlement payments plus $2.2 million in legal expenses for Waltuch.
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