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"Supreme Court Holds No Presumption of Prudence for ESOP Fiduciaries"

Today, in a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court of the United States held in Fifth Third Bancorp v. Dudenhoeffer that fiduciaries of employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) that invest in the employer’s securities are not...more

6/25/2014 - Duty of Prudence Employee Benefits ERISA ESOP Fiduciary Duty Fiduciary Liability FIfth Third Bancorp v Dudenhoeffer SCOTUS

"Supreme Court Allows Rebuttal of Fraud on the Market at Class Certification Stage in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund"

The Supreme Court of the United States today in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund upheld the fraud-on-the-market presumption of reliance first recognized by the Court in Basic v. Levinson, but gave defendants a new tool...more

6/23/2014 - Basic v Levinson Board of Directors Class Action D&O Insurance Fraud Fraud-on-the-Market Halliburton Halliburton v Erica P. John Fund SCOTUS Securities Fraud

"Inside the Courts: Supreme Court Agrees to Review American Pipe Tolling Issue"

This morning, the Supreme Court granted the writ of certiorari in Public Employees Retirement System of Mississippi v. IndyMacMBS, Inc. The petition raises an issue regarding the application of American Pipe tolling to claims...more

3/10/2014 - American Pipe & Construction Co. v. Utah Class Action COTUS Securities Act of 1933 Statute of Limitations Tolling

"Supreme Court Clarifies Scope of Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Protections to Include Employees at Private Firms That Contract...

Today, in a 6-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Lawson v. FMR LLC that the Sarbanes-Oxley Act’s whistleblower protections apply to employees of a public company’s private contractors and subcontractors. Justice...more

3/4/2014 - Contractors Lawson v FMR Publicly-Traded Companies Sarbanes-Oxley SCOTUS Subcontractors Whistleblower Protection Policies

"Inside the Courts: Supreme Court Decides Scope of ‘In Connection With’ Requirement of the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards...

Today, in a 7-2 decision, the United States Supreme Court appeared to narrow the scope of the “in connection with the purchase or sale of a covered security” as used in SLUSA. Justice Breyer delivered the opinion of the Court...more

2/26/2014 - SCOTUS Securities Fraud Securities Litigation SLUSA

"Inside the Courts: Daimler AG v. Bauman: US Supreme Court Rejects Broad ‘Agency Theory’ of General Jurisdiction"

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States held in Daimler AG v. Bauman, et al. that due process prevents a court from applying an "agency" theory to exercise general personal jurisdiction over a foreign corporation based...more

1/14/2014 - DaimlerChrysler DaimlerChrysler v Bauman Jurisdiction SCOTUS Subsidiaries

"US Supreme Court Greatly Restricts Scope of Alien Tort Claims; Holds Statute Does Not Apply Extraterritorially"

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its long-awaited opinion in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, No. 10–1491 (U.S. Apr. 17, 2013), a significant decision holding that the so-called “Alien Tort Claims Act” or “Alien Tort...more

4/23/2013 - Alien Tort Statute Class Action Extraterritoriality Rules Foreign Corporations Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co. Personal Jurisdiction SCOTUS

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