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Be Careful What You Wish For, Part II: Would Companies Be Better Off Without the Fraud-on-the-Market Doctrine?

The villain in the fight against securities class actions is the fraud-on-the-market presumption of reliance established by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1988 in Basic Inc. v. Levinson, 485 U.S. 224 (1988). Without Basic, the...more

Securities Claims Based on Item 303 of Regulation S-K: It Just Doesn’t Matter

In January 2015, the Second Circuit held in Stratte-McClure v. Morgan Stanley, 776 F.3d 94 (2nd Cir. 2015), that Item 303 of Regulation S-K imposes a duty to disclose for purposes of Section 10(b), meaning that the omission...more

First Take on Halliburton II: The Price-Impact Rule May Not Have Much Practical Impact

Yesterday’s Supreme Court decision in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc. (Halliburton II) may well have the lowest impact-to-fanfare ratio of any Supreme Court securities decision. Despite the social-media-fueled...more

Effective Securities Litigation Defense Requires a High Thought-to-Action Ratio

I recently had occasion to review a number of motion-to-dismiss rulings, including some in which denial of the motion seemed to be an easy call. I’ve since been mulling over whether there are circumstances in which it would...more

First Take on Amgen Decision: Supreme Court “Basically” Endorses Status Quo

The Supreme Court released its anxiously awaited decision in Amgen Inc. v. Connecticut Retirement Plans yesterday. On the face of the decision, it was a loss for defendants in that case, and for companies everywhere that are...more

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