Deborah Renner

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The Latest on the Use of Retained Asset Accounts to Pay Life Insurance Benefits

In Merrimon v. Unum Life Insurance Co. of America, 2014 WL 2960024 (1st Cir. July 2, 2014), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit became the third circuit court to approve an insurance company’s use of a retained...more

7/22/2014 - Class Action Corporate Counsel ERISA Fiduciary Duty Insurers Life Insurance Money Judgment Retained Asset Accounts Reversal Self-Dealing

Basic Is Dying a Slow Death: The Supreme Court Upholds the Fraud-on-the-Market Presumption in Halliburton but Allows Rebuttal

Given the opportunity to overrule its landmark 1988 decision in Basic v. Levinson, in which it created the fraud-on-the-market presumption, the Supreme Court declined. The Court found in its decision this week in Halliburton...more

6/27/2014 - Basic v Levinson Class Action Class Certification Fraud Fraud-on-the-Market Halliburton Halliburton v Erica P. John Fund SCOTUS Securities Fraud

Halliburton Redux: Will Fraud-on-the-Market Survive?

On November 15th, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in the Halliburton case… again. While the Court’s original Halliburton decision concerned whether loss causation needs to be shown at the class certification stage...more

11/25/2013 - Fraud Fraud-on-the-Market Halliburton

Basic Is Anything But: Courts Continue to Wrangle with the Fraud-on-the-Market Presumption

It has been 25 years since the Supreme Court announced the fraud-on-the-market presumption of reliance in Basic Inc. v. Levinson, 485 U.S. 224 (1988). Yet many courts, including the Supreme Court itself, continue to struggle...more

10/1/2013 - Amgen Amgen Inc. v Connecticut Retirement Plans Class Action Class Certification Fraud-on-the-Market Halliburton Loss Causation SCOTUS Securities Exchange Act Securities Fraud

Seventh Circuit Says “Smallness” Is Not a Bar to Class Certification

In what it describes as an effort to advance the law of class certification, the Seventh Circuit last week issued a decision, written by Judge Posner, that many would say does just the opposite. ...more

9/18/2013 - ATMs Class Action Class Certification EFTA Fees Rule 23

Supreme Court to Consider CAFA’s Reach to Attorney General Suits

The U.S. Supreme Court recently decided The Standard Fire Insurance Co. v. Knowles , a case that dealt with the extent to which plaintiffs can avoid federal jurisdiction under the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 (“CAFA”) by...more

6/4/2013 - CAFA Class Action Parens Patriae Punitive Damages SCOTUS

Supreme Court Rejects Efforts to Avoid CAFA Jurisdiction

Editors’ Note: This post is a joint submission to this blog and rennerclassactions.com. In The Standard Fire Insurance Co.v. Knowles, No. 11-1450, a unanimous decision yesterday written by Justice Breyer, the Supreme...more

3/20/2013 - Amount in Controversy CAFA Class Action Damages Jurisdiction SCOTUS

Supreme Court Hears AMEX Class Arbitration Case

Editors’ Note: This post was originally published at rennerclassactions.com, and is reprinted with permission. The Supreme Court recently heard argument in American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant, No. 12-133....more

3/15/2013 - American Express American Express v Italian Colors Restaurant Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Federal Arbitration Act SCOTUS Sherman Act

A Big Week for the Securities Bar: Amgen and Gabelli

The Supreme Court last week issued two opinions of major importance to the securities bar. In Amgen Inc. v. Connecticut Retirement Plans & Trust Funds, 568 U.S. (2013), the court held that no proof of materiality was required...more

3/11/2013

Amgen Argument Points Up Split in Supreme Court on Class Certification Versus Merits Issues

On November 5, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court heard argument in Amgen, Inc. v. Connecticut Retirement Plans and Trust Funds, No. 1085, a securities class action, that concerned the ongoing question of what evidence is required...more

11/30/2012 - Class Action Class Certification Fraud Securities Split of Authority

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