BRIEF-U.S. judge rejects S&P bid to split up $5 bln U.S. civil fraud lawsuit

April 15 Tue Apr 15, 2014 3:41pm EDT

April 15 (Reuters) - McGraw Hill Financial Inc : * U.S. judge rejects standard & poor's bid to split U.S. government's $5

billion fraud lawsuit over ratings into separate trials -- court ruling * U.S. district judge david carter rejects McGraw Hill Financial Inc

unit's bid to hold initial trial covering only some securities * Carter says central question of whether S&P schemed to defraud can be

addressed in single trial

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