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Ninth Circuit Extends Omnicare to Section 10(b) Overturning Prior Falsity Standard for Opinion Statements

As popular targets for investor suits, officers and directors of public companies have another tool to defend against securities class actions, and specifically claims relating to the recording of goodwill. On May 5, 2017, in...more

Dechert survey: Developments in securities fraud class actions against U.S. life sciences companies

Life sciences companies continued to be popular targets of securities fraud class action lawsuits filed in 2016, and prudent life sciences companies should take heed of the results of this year’s decisions. In 2016,...more

US$1.3 Billion Fortis Settlement Ushers in New Era in Globalization of Securities Laws

A closely-watched set of claims stemming back to the 2008 global financial crisis has settled for a massive €1.204 billion (US$1.3 billion), making it one of the highest settlements ever and ushering in a new era in the...more

Delaware Supreme Court Confirms Exculpatory Clauses Have Teeth, and Can Be Used By Director Defendants At The Pleading Stage

In a decision with important implications for directors of public companies, the Delaware Supreme Court overturned two Chancery Court opinions and ruled that independent directors facing breach of duty of care claims arising...more

Seventh Circuit Increasingly Problematic for Directors and Officers Defending Shareholder Derivative Suits

With its recent decision in Westmoreland County Employee Retirement System v. Parkinson, et al., the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has confirmed that the courts of the Seventh Circuit can be a...more

Ninth Circuit Rules that Say-On-Pay Suit Belongs in State Court

In a recent ruling, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit concluded that certain related shareholder derivative suits arising out of a say-on-pay decision involving Pico Holdings, Inc. (the “Company”) were...more

Delaware Supreme Court in Pyott Reverses Chancery Court Ruling That Collateral Estoppel Does Not Apply in Certain Shareholder...

The Delaware Supreme Court in Pyott v. Louisiana Municipal Police Employees’ Retirement System reversed on April 4 a controversial ruling by the Chancery Court that a California federal court’s dismissal with prejudice of a...more

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SCOTUS Ruling in Amgen Case Allows Plaintiffs to Certify Securities Classes Without Proving Materiality

In Amgen Inc. v. Connecticut Retirement Plans and Trust Funds, No. 11-1085, 568 U.S. ___ (2013), decided on February 27, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States affirmed the Ninth Circuit’s ruling that, in a case...more

Defending Section 162(m) Executive Compensation Derivative Suits in the United States

Decisions regarding executive compensation fall squarely within the discretion of a public company’s board of directors. Recently, however, plaintiffs’ firms have been trying to invade the board’s purview by bringing...more

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