Lawrence Treece

Lawrence Treece

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Brownstein Victory Demonstrates Value of Vigorously Challenging Materiality Allegations in Securities Fraud Trials

The materiality of misrepresentations and omissions in securities fraud litigation is a complex but critical issue. For several reasons, defendants sometimes give this element of a securities claim less at tention than it...more

1/12/2017 - Defense Strategies Materiality Misrepresentation Municipal Bonds Securities Fraud

Supreme Court Opens Pathway To Increased Insider Trading Prosecutions

On Dec. 6, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its much-awaited decision in Salman v. United States, upholding a “friends and family” insider-trading conviction and effectively overruling the Second Circuit’s decision in...more

12/8/2016 - Convictions Dirks v SEC Insider Trading Material Nonpublic Information Personal Benefit Popular SEC US v Newman US v Salman

June Marks Upsurge in SEC Whistleblower Awards

On June 9, 2016, the SEC announced a $17 million whistleblower award to “a former company employee whose detailed tip substantially advanced the agency’s investigation and ultimate enforcement action.” This is the...more

6/17/2016 - Dodd-Frank Enforcement Actions SEC Whistleblower Awards

Delaware Supreme Court Clarifies Standards in Corporate Takeovers

On May 6, 2016, the Delaware Supreme Court upheld a merger between Zale Corporation (“Zales”) and Signet Jewelers Limited (“Signet”) when it affirmed a lower court’s dismissal of a shareholder class action that sought to...more

5/26/2016 - Corporate Counsel DE Supreme Court Revlon Standard Shareholder Litigation Takeover Bids Young Lawyers Zales

Rocky Mountain Securities Conference: Cybersecurity Takes Center Stage

Given the security industry’s increased use of information technology and the constant evolution of cyber threats, cybersecurity will continue to demand significant attention from regulators and industry participants in the...more

5/20/2016 - Cybersecurity Malware Market Participants Personally Identifiable Information Ransomware SEC

Rocky Mountain Securities Conference: Corporate Disclosures Reform Next for SEC

Newly proposed reforms to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) disclosure regime would have a dramatic impact on public companies’ current disclosure obligations. Last week during her keynote at the 48th...more

5/13/2016 - Disclosure Requirements Publicly-Traded Companies SEC

Email Users Beware: Companies and Corporate Officers Should Evaluate Email Practices in Light of Delaware Chancery Court Decision

On September 5, 2013, the Delaware Chancery Court ruled that the attorney-client privilege does not protect from disclosure emails sent by corporate officers to their personal attorneys using the company’s email account. In...more

10/3/2013 - Attorney-Client Privilege Corporate Counsel Corporate Governance Corporate Officers Derivative Suit Email Family Businesses Fiduciary Duty Reasonable Expectation of Privacy

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