A group of 11 California issuers are charging that an affiliate of Goldman Sachs & Co., J Aron & Co., is pressuring a member of the group to remove Goldman as a defendant in its civil suit charging that 36 Wall Street and other firms participated in a vast bid-rigging conspiracy for municipal swaps and investment agreements.

In a filing with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, the group of California entities last week charged that J. Aron has halted its commodity trading business with the Sacramento Municipal Utility District at the direction of “senior legal people” at Goldman, until the litigation “gets sorted out.”

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