Aug 13 Standard and Poor's (S&P) on Tuesday
filed a motion demanding the United States and former Treasury
Secretary Timothy Geithner produce unredacted versions of
documents relating to the ratings agency's claim that the United
States sued it in retaliation for downgrading government debt.
The government argued that portions of the documents were
withheld because they were work product between attorneys and
A federal judge ruled in May that Geithner must hand over
documents relating to the claim to Standard and Poor's.
The U.S. Department of Justice brought a civil fraud lawsuit
against S&P in 2013, accusing it of inflating ratings to win
more fees from issuers, and then failing to downgrade debt
backed by deteriorating mortgage-backed securities fast enough.
The ratings agency, which wants the case to be dismissed,
has claimed the lawsuit was filed in retaliation for the
S&P, a unit of McGraw Hill Financial Inc, also
wants the United States to find and produce all documents in the
case that involve communications with a White House official,
unless it can demonstrate presidential privilege.
McGraw Hill lawyer Floyd Abrams and the Department of
Justice could not immediately be reached for a comment.
The case is U.S. v. McGraw-Hill Cos et al, U.S. District
Court, Central District of California, No. 13-00779.
(Reporting by Kanika Sikka in Bangalore; Editing by Lisa