Libor May Trigger Street Lawsuits

Feeding frenzy could occur if Wall Street firms sue each other over Libor.

Wall Street, grappling with mounting regulatory probes and investor claims over alleged interest-rate manipulation, may face yet another formidable foe: Itself.

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Morgan Stanley are among financial firms that may bring lawsuits against their biggest rivals as regulators on three continents examine whether other banks manipulated the London interbank offered rate, known as Libor, said Bradley Hintz, an analyst with Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Even if Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley forgo claims on their own behalf, they oversee money-market funds that may be required to pursue restitution for injured clients, he said.

‘Cordial Relationships’

“We’re going to watch this for a while,” said Viniar, 56, without elaborating. “Let’s just say we’re not a provider of Libor, and we’ll just leave it at that.”

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