A private litigant sued Kraft Foods Group, Inc. and Mondelez Global LLC last week, alleging many of the same claims of manipulation that the Commodity Futures Trading Commission charged against the two companies the prior week. (Click here for details on the CFTC action in the article “Manipulation Is Not Hedging Says CFTC in Federal Court Lawsuit Against Kraft Foods Group and Mondelez Global” in the April 5, 2015 edition of Bridging the Week.) The lawsuit, brought by Harry Ploss, as trustee for the Harry Ploss Trust DTD 8/16/1993, was filed as a class action complaint in a US federal court in New York. Among other things, the lawsuit claims that, during November and December 2011, the defendants manipulated the prices of December 2011 and March 2012 wheat futures contracts traded on the Chicago Board of Trade, as well as options on such contracts. Mr. Ploss claims that he was damaged by defendants’ trading because he liquidated his short December 2011 and long March 2012 wheat futures position at the same time “as Defendants’ opposite position reached its greatest size.” Mr. Ploss was previously among the so-called “Futures Plaintiffs” in a class action lawsuit alleging manipulation against Moore Capital Management and others related to physical and futures trading in platinum and palladium between October 2007 and June 2008. That action was filed on April 30, 2010, in a US federal court in New York, the day after the CFTC entered a settlement order involving many same basic allegations—in what the judge credited was “admirable alacrity.”