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Who is Winning the Securities Class Action War—Plaintiffs or Defendants?

The securities class action war is about far more than the height of the pleading hurdles plaintiffs must clear, the scorecard of motions to dismiss won and lost, or median settlement amounts. It is a fight for strategic...more

Be Careful What You Wish For, Part I: Does the Reform Act Need Reforming?

The history of securities and corporate governance litigation is full of wishes about the law that we later regret (or will), or are happy were not granted. Many of these are not obvious—and some will surprise people. From...more

Reform Act Report Card: The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act, 20 Years Later

In 2015, the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act* turned twenty years old. Over my career as a securities litigator, I’ve seen both sides of the securities-litigation divide that the Reform Act created. In the...more

Corralling and Curtailing Merger Litigation: Lessons Learned from Past Securities and Corporate Governance Litigation Reform

In the world of securities and corporate governance litigation, we are always in the middle of a reform discussion of some variety. For the past several years, there has been great focus on amendment of corporate bylaws to...more

Is the Demise of the Fraud-on-the-Market Doctrine Near? Be Careful What You Wish For

At long last, the United States Supreme Court is going to address the viability and/or prerequisites of the fraud-on-the-market presumption of reliance established by the Court in 1988 in Basic v. Levinson. Securities...more

Public Companies Beware: Safe Harbor Protection Requires Thoughtful Warnings and a Sophisticated Defense

Public companies around the country labor under a misunderstanding: that the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act’s Safe Harbor protects them from liability for their guidance and projections if they simply follow the...more

Matrixx Did Not, and Could Not, Authorize Shortcuts in Reform Act Scienter Analysis, Despite Plaintiffs’ Claims to the Contrary

As I have previously written, the Sixth Circuit’s erroneous interpretation of the scienter component of the Supreme Court’s decision in Matrixx Initiatives, Inc. v. Siracusano, 131 S. Ct. 1309 (2011), is one of the biggest...more

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