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Key Takeaways from Cornerstone Research’s Securities Class-Action Filings 2016 Midyear Assessment

Cornerstone Research recently released its 2016 midyear assessment of federal securities class-actions filings. The report finds an increase in filings in the first half of 2016, with particular increases in M&A filings,...more

8/4/2016 - Acquisitions Class Action Corporate Counsel Foreign Issuers Mergers Publicly-Traded Companies Securities Fraud Settlement Young Lawyers

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Accepts Materialization-of-Risk Standard for Loss Causation

On July 20, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recognized the “materialization of the risk” standard as a means of proving loss causation in securities-fraud cases. The court’s decision in Ohio Public...more

7/21/2016 - Appeals Class Action Freddie Mac Loss Causation Material Misrepresentation Material Misstatements Mortgage-Backed Securities Proximate Cause Reversal Securities Fraud

Second Circuit Addresses Statutes of Repose and Tolling in Securities Class Actions

The Second Circuit has clarified the applicable statutes of repose for securities-fraud and proxy-related claims under §§ 9(f), 14(a), and 18(a) of the Securities Exchange Act. The court’s March 17, 2016 decision in DeKalb...more

3/21/2016 - Class Action Proxy Statements PSLRA Sarbanes-Oxley Securities Exchange Act Securities Fraud Statute of Repose Tolling

U.S. Securities Laws Not Applicable to Certain Purchases of Petrobras Debt Securities

The narrowing of the federal securities laws’ applicability to non-U.S. transactions continues. On December 21, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York held in In re Petrobras Securities Litigation...more

12/23/2015 - Debt Securities Morrison v National Australia Bank Petrobras SCOTUS Securities Fraud Securities Litigation Transfer of Title

Ninth Circuit Rejects Adverse-Interest Exception in Fraud-on-the Market Securities Class Actions

Last week, the Ninth Circuit issued a decision that could affect analyses of corporate scienter in securities class actions. The court reversed the dismissal of In re ChinaCast Education Corporation Securities Litigation and...more

10/28/2015 - Apparent Authority Board of Directors CEOs Class Action Corporate Counsel Corporate Officers Exceptions Fraud-on-the-Market Professional Misconduct Scienter Securities Fraud Shareholder Litigation

SEC Rejects Constitutional Challenge to Administrative Proceeding

The Securities and Exchange Commission joined the raging debate about whether SEC administrative proceedings conducted by administrative law judges (“ALJs”) are unconstitutional if the ALJs have not been appointed in...more

9/8/2015 - Appointments Clause De Novo Standard of Review Jurisdiction SEC Securities Fraud

Petrobras Shareholders’ Brazilian-Law Claims Are Subject to Mandatory Arbitration Provision

The travails of Petrobras have generated a lot of attention – and litigation – in the past year. On July 30, 2015, District Judge Jed Rakoff, of the Southern District of New York, issued an opinion explaining his prior order...more

8/4/2015 - Brazil Bylaws Corporate Officers Corruption Investors Kickbacks Mandatory Arbitration Clauses NYSE Petrobras Putative Class Actions SEC Securities Exchange Act Securities Fraud Shareholder Litigation

Pleading Standard Saves SEC’s Insider-Trading Case

A federal judge in the Southern District of New York recently sustained the SEC’s insider-trading complaint against two alleged tippees, holding that, under the pleading standard applicable to a motion to dismiss, the SEC...more

6/11/2015 - Asset Freeze FRCP 9(b) Insider Trading Motion to Dismiss Pleading Standards Pleadings Quid Pro Quo SEC Securities Fraud Tippees US v Newman

Seventh Circuit Reverses $2.46 Billion Judgment in Securities-Fraud Class Action

The Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit last week reversed a $2.46 billion judgment in a long-running securities-fraud class action against Household International and granted a new trial on limited issues. The opinion...more

5/29/2015 - Appeals Burden-Shifting Class Action False Statements Janus Capital Group Lenders Loss Causation Misrepresentation Reversal Rule 10b-5 Securities Fraud Stock Drop Litigation

Third Circuit Defines "Extraterritorial" Applicability of Federal Securities Laws in United States v. Georgiou

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit added its voice yesterday to the ongoing judicial effort to construe the U.S. Supreme Court's 2010 decision in Morrison v. National Australia Bank, concerning the extent to...more

1/28/2015 - Appeals Cross-Border Transactions Extraterritoriality Rules Market Manipulation Morrison v National Australia Bank OTCBB SCOTUS Securities Securities Exchange Act Securities Fraud Stock Exchange

Personal Benefit Required Under Misappropriation Theory of Insider Trading

Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Andrew L. Carter, Jr. rejected the argument by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York to limit the Second Circuit’s decision in United States v. Newman to classical...more

1/26/2015 - Hedge Funds Illegal Tipping Insider Trading Material Nonpublic Information Mergers Misappropriation Personal Benefit Portfolio Managers Publicly-Traded Companies Securities Securities Fraud US v Newman

Government Seeks Rehearing in Landmark Insider-Trading Case

The U.S. Government filed a petition seeking panel and en banc rehearing of the Second Circuit’s December 2014 decision in United States v. Newman and Chiasson, ___ F.3d ___, 2014 WL 6911278 (2d Cir. Dec. 10, 2014). That...more

1/26/2015 - En Banc Review Hedge Funds Illegal Tipping Insider Trading Material Nonpublic Information Personal Benefit Petition For Rehearing Portfolio Managers Securities Securities Fraud US v Newman

Third Circuit Defines “Extraterritorial” Applicability of Federal Securities Laws in United States v. Georgiou

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit added its voice yesterday to the ongoing judicial effort to construe the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Morrison v. National Australia Bank, concerning the extent to...more

1/22/2015 - Appeals Extraterritoriality Rules Morrison v National Australia Bank SCOTUS Securities Securities Exchange Act Securities Fraud

Ninth Circuit Clarifies Pleading Standard for Securities-Fraud Claims

The Ninth Circuit recently joined the debate on whether the heightened pleading standard of Fed. R. Civ. P. 9(b) or the more relaxed notice-pleading standard of Fed. R. Civ. P. 8(a) applies to pleading loss causation for a...more

12/23/2014 - Loss Causation Pleading Standards Rule 9(b) Securities Securities Fraud

Second Circuit Clarifies Elements of Tippee Liability for Insider Trading

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently clarified the elements required to hold a tippee liable for insider trading: a tippee cannot be held liable unless the Government proves that the tippee knew both (i)...more

12/12/2014 - Fiduciary Duty Hedge Funds Insider Trading Portfolio Managers Securities Securities Fraud US v Newman

Presumption of Reliance Survives in Securities Cases, But Defendants Can Dispute Price Impact at Class Certification

The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday declined to abandon the efficient-market theory, with its rebuttable presumption of reliance that enables securities class actions to proceed without proof of actual reliance on alleged...more

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

Second Circuit Narrows Reach of Federal Securities Laws as to Foreign Securities Transactions

On May 6, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a decision clarifying the applicability of the anti-fraud provisions of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to transactions in foreign securities. The...more

5/7/2014 - Appeals Extraterritoriality Rules Foreign Equity Securities Foreign Exchanges NYSE SEC Securities Fraud UBS

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Need to Prove Materiality at Class-Certification Stage in Securities Class Actions

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on February 27, 2013 that a plaintiff need not prove materiality as a prerequisite to obtaining class certification in a securities class action. The Court's ruling in Amgen Inc. v. Connecticut...more

2/28/2013 - Amgen Amgen Inc. v Connecticut Retirement Plans Class Action Class Certification Rebuttable Presumptions SCOTUS Securities Fraud Securities Litigation

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