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Highly-Protected Secrets: Competitors Try to Keep Legal Secrets in the Quasi-Legal Marijuana Industry

How do you use the law to keep something unlawful a secret? This and related questions arise as more states legalize marijuana for medical use, recreational use, or both. As an illicit industry emerges from the shadows,...more

12/15/2014 - Business Ownership Marijuana Medical Marijuana SEC Securities Trade Secrets

Is Your Bank Stressed Out? OCC Follows Fed on Proposed Stress-Test Changes

On September 10, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”) published proposed revisions to its information collecting regulations related to the Dodd-Frank Act’s “stress test” for large national banks and federal...more

9/17/2014 - Banks Compliance Dodd-Frank OCC Stress Tests

Assessing Retroactive Inversion Legislation And Its Risks

The increasing use of corporate inversions, whereby a company via merger achieves 20 percent or more new ownership, claims non-U.S. residence, and is then permitted to adopt that country’s lower corporate tax structure and...more

9/11/2014 - Corporate Taxes Inversion Inverted Domestic Corporations IRC Legislative Agendas Retroactivity Senate Banking Committee U.S. Treasury

SEC Can’t Pass On Pot Stock Puffery

Corporations facing federal securities suits can sometimes avoid liability by claiming that their forward-looking statements were so vague or indefinite that they could not have affected the company’s stock price and are...more

8/8/2014 - Enforcement Enforcement Actions Fraud Professional Liability SEC Securities Act of 1933 Securities Fraud White Collar Crimes

Have Your Directors Met Their Revlon Duties? Delaware Court Dismisses Strike-Suit Allegations as Merely Cosmetic

In a virtual course on how to bring—or not bring—an M&A strike suit, on June 30, a Delaware Chancery Court dismissed all shareholder claims against a merger target and its acquirer, ending nearly two years of litigation. ...more

7/9/2014 - Board of Directors Corporate Counsel Corporate Governance Revlon Standard Shared Responsibility Rule Shareholders

Fraud-on-the-Market Lives On: Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc.

On June 23, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its second decision in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc., __U.S. __(2014), 2014 WL__ (U.S. June 23, 2014) ("Halliburton II"). In this widely anticipated decision, the...more

6/24/2014 - Basic v Levinson Class Action Fraud Fraud-on-the-Market Halliburton Halliburton v Erica P. John Fund SCOTUS Securities Litigation

Supreme Court Rejects Calls to Overrule Fraud-on-the-Market Theory in Halliburton; Presumption of Reliance Still a Basic Part of...

Today the Supreme Court rejected calls from lawyers, economists and corporate associations to overrule the “fraud-on-the-market” theory that makes it possible to litigate federal securities fraud claims as class actions,...more

6/24/2014 - Basic v Levinson Class Certification Fraud Fraud-on-the-Market Halliburton Halliburton v Erica P. John Fund Presumption of Reliance SCOTUS Securities Fraud

Second Circuit Says Pragmatism Trumps “Cold, Hard” Facts, Limits District Courts’ Powers in Reviewing SEC Settlements

Summer is coming, but this is probably not the vacation Southern District of New York Judge Jed Rakoff had in mind. On June 4, 2014, the Second Circuit vacated Judge Rakoff’s order refusing to approve the SEC’s $285 million...more

6/6/2014 - Chevron Deference Citigroup Collateralized Debt Obligations Consent Decrees Enforcement Enforcement Actions Interlocutory Appeals Judge Rakoff Risk Management SEC SEC v Citigroup

Ex-SanDisk Employee Arrested In Japan, Civil Suits Filed In The Wake Of Alleged Flash Memory Trade Secrets Misappropriation

Technology firms SanDisk and Toshiba recently filed trade secrets lawsuits on opposite sides of the Pacific, each alleging misappropriation by a third party stemming from the two companies’ joint venture....more

3/31/2014 - Criminal Prosecution Misappropriation SanDisk Theft Trade Secrets

I’m Ready For My Close-Up: SEC Puts The Focus On Moviemaker Over Hostile Takeover Maneuvers

In a story right out of the movies, complete with “poison pills” and “white squires,” the SEC announced on March 13, 2014 that motion picture company Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation settled charges that it failed to...more

3/26/2014 - Hostile Takeover Poison Pill SEC

Investors Get A Voice At The Regulator: SEC Names Its First Head Of The Office Of The Investor Advocate

Though investors might have assumed that the entire Securities and Exchange Commission was their advocate to begin with, on February 12th the agency announced that it had hired Rick Fleming to be its very first Investor...more

2/19/2014 - Dodd-Frank Investors OIA SEC Securities Exchange Act

Can Your Director Bank On The Business Judgment Rule?

Ever had one of those days where you think you’re acting with good faith, diligence, and care, and yet you still get sued by the FDIC? The directors and officers of the now defunct Buckhead Community Bank in Georgia find...more

12/11/2013 - Board of Directors Business Judgment Rule Compliance D&O Insurance FDIC

Does Your Director Have A Guilty Conscience? SEC To Press For More Admissions

Some of the SEC’s enforcement targets are no longer in denial, or at least they won’t be if a recent policy shift at the regulator takes hold. ...more

7/4/2013 - Admissions of Liability Directors Enforcement Mary Jo White SEC

Inside Out: NASDAQ Proposes Rule To Require Internal Auditing

The NASDAQ Stock Market recently submitted a proposed rule change that would require all companies listed on the NASDAQ to maintain an internal audit function. The function would “provide management and the audit committee...more

3/19/2013 - Audits Internal Audit Functions Nasdaq Risk Management

Consenting Adults: D.C. Circuit Tells Press To Stay Out Of SEC-AIG Relationship

What happens between a mature multinational insurance corporation and its regulator is nobody’s business, or so says the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, which issued an opinion in SEC v. AIG on February...more

2/12/2013 - Adjudicatory Process AIG Appeals Decision-Making Process Journalists Judicial Records Right of Access SEC SEC v AIG

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