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Argued: February 2, 2010

Before: CALABRESI, RAGGI, and CUDAHY,*fn1 Circuit Judges.

In this action to recover principal and interest owed by the Republic of Argentina on certain Floating Rate Accrual Notes, the parties cross-appeal from a judgment entered in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (Thomas P. Griesa, Judge) in favor of plaintiffs. Appellant Argentina contends that it was entitled to reformation of the notes because the relevant interest rate was unenforceable as a penalty, substantively unconscionable, or void on account of public policy. Argentina further faults the district court for awarding statutory interest in addition to contract interest on defaulted post-maturity (but not post-acceleration) interest payments. Meanwhile, cross-appellant NML Capital argues that the district court erred in denying it statutory interest for unpaid post-acceleration interest. We conclude that Argentina’s appeal is without merit insofar as it challenges the district court’s refusal to reform the notes, but that the parties’ cross-appeals of the treatment of statutory interest turn on significant and unsettled questions of New York law, which we certify to the New York Court of Appeals as stated in Part II.C.of this opinion.

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