Sempra Energy Trading LLC Case 9/4/2008

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Company Name(s): 
Sempra Energy Trading
Case Name: 
Sempra Energy Trading LLC Case 9/4/2008
Case Status: 
Lawsuit Filed
Case Status: 
Judgment Issued
Case Status: 
Settlement Proposed
Case Status: 
Settlement Approved
Lawsuit Overview
Type of Lawsuit: 
CFTC Action
Date Filed: 
09/04/2008
Date Settled: 
09/04/2008
Settlement Amount: 
$175,000
Summary: 

According to the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the CFTC filed on September 4th, 2008, and simultaneously settled charges against Sempra Energy Trading LLC (Sempra) for trading card violations involving natural gas futures trades on the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) and ordered Sempra to pay a $175,000 civil penalty.The CFTC order issued on September 4, 2008, finds that on certain trading days between August and November 2004, Sempra’s floor brokers violated a CFTC regulation by failing to properly and accurately prepare trading cards in order to process trades that were made after the contract was no longer trading. According to the order, the trades were “EFS” trades, which involve an exchange of futures for, or in connection with, a swap. Collectively these trades involved positions of several hundred lots. However, on each of the trading dates at issue, the trades took place outside of the permitted time period. The trading cards, therefore, did not accurately reflect the actual trade dates or listed trades entered out of exact chronological order in violation of CFTC regulations applicable to trading cards.The order concluded that because the Sempra floor brokers undertook their actions within the scope of their employment; Sempra is liable for its floor brokers’ violations.The CFTC appreciates the assistance provided by NYMEX staff during the investigation of this matter.