Tanya Dmitronow

Tanya Dmitronow

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Ninth Circuit Disagrees with Second Circuit on Personal-Benefit Requirement for Insider Trading

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit appears to have rebuffed aspects of the Second Circuit's recent effort to narrow liability for insider trading. The Ninth Circuit's decision today in United States v. Salman...more

7/7/2015 - Appeals Breach of Duty Confidential Information Disclosure Fiduciary Duty Insider Trading Material Nonpublic Information Personal Benefit Quid Pro Quo Tippees

Delaware Senate Passes Bill Prohibiting Bylaws on Fee Shifting

Tuesday, the Delaware Senate passed legislation prohibiting publicly-traded corporations from adopting bylaws that force shareholders to pay legal fees if they bring internal corporate claims against the company in court and...more

5/14/2015 - Attorney's Fees Bylaws Corporate Counsel Delaware General Corporation Law Fee-Shifting New Legislation

Delaware Legislature to Consider New Fee-Shifting Legislation

On April 29, 2015, Senator Bryan Townsend introduced legislation that would amend the Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL) to ban fee-shifting bylaws for Delaware stock corporations (non-stock corporations would continue...more

5/7/2015 - Bylaws Delaware General Corporation Law Fee-Shifting Forum Selection Clause Legislative Agendas

Third Congressional Proposal to Define Insider Trading

On March 25, 2015, U.S. Representative Jim Himes introduced the Insider Trading Prohibition Act. The bill is the latest in a series of efforts to define insider trading following the Second Circuit’s decision last year in...more

3/30/2015 - Insider Trading Material Nonpublic Information Proposed Legislation Securities Exchange Act US v Newman

Supreme Court Clarifies Liability for Statements of Opinion in Registration Statements

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that a statement of opinion in a registration statement cannot be actionable as a misstatement of fact under § 11 of the Securities Act of 1933 if the issuer actually believed the opinion...more

3/25/2015 - Issuers Omnicare Registration Statement SCOTUS Securities Act of 1933 Statement of Facts Statement of Opinion

Supreme Court Clarifies Liability for Statements of Opinion in Registration Statements

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that a statement of opinion in a registration statement cannot be actionable as a misstatement of fact under § 11 of the Securities Act of 1933 if the issuer actually believed the opinion...more

3/25/2015 - Issuers Omnicare Registration Statement SCOTUS Securities Act of 1933 Statement of Facts Statement of Opinion

State Bar Council Proposes New Legislation for Delaware Fee-Shifting Ban and Delaware Court of Chancery Considers Fee-Shifting...

In December, we reported on the Delaware Court of Chancery’s continued validation of board-adopted forum-selection bylaws in City of Providence v. First Citizens BancShares, Inc., 99 A.3d 229, 234 (Del. Ch. 2014), and the...more

3/23/2015 - Corporate Governance Delaware General Corporation Law Fee-Shifting Forum Selection Clause

After Newman, Congress Seeks to Define Insider Trading

Ever since the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued its landmark decision in United States v. Newman, debate has raged about whether the court has sanctioned insider trading or has appropriately restrained the...more

3/17/2015 - Insider Trading Proposed Legislation SEC

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 Pink Sheets SCOTUS Securities Securities Exchange Act Securities Fraud Stock Exchange

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

Supreme Court Clarifies the Standard Governing Removal of Class Action Cases to Federal Court

The US Supreme Court ruled last Monday that class action defendants need not provide evidentiary submissions in support of their attempts to remove a case from state to federal court. Rather, they need only include in their...more

12/23/2014 - Amount in Controversy CAFA Class Action Dart Cherokee Basin Operating Co. v. Owens Diversity Jurisdiction Federal Jurisdiction Jurisdiction Removal SCOTUS

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

District Court Rejects Constitutional Challenge to SEC Administrative Proceedings

We recently wrote that critics, including Judge Jed Rakoff, have been questioning the SEC’s policy of increasingly bringing enforcement actions in its administrative forum rather than federal court. We noted that several...more

12/22/2014 - Administrative Hearings Enforcement Actions Jurisdiction SEC Subject Matter Jurisdiction

Delaware Legislature to Resume Debate in January on Bylaws Imposing Liability on Shareholders

The ability of corporations to impose liability on shareholders through bylaws and charter provisions has been the subject of much debate recently. On May 8, 2014, the Supreme Court of Delaware held in ATP Tour, Inc. v....more

12/22/2014 - ATP Tours Bylaws Delaware General Corporation Law Fee-Shifting Shareholders

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

Critics Question SEC’s Increasing Use of Administrative Enforcement Proceedings

The SEC is increasingly bringing enforcement actions in its administrative forum rather than federal district court, setting the stage for a legal and policy battle over this tactic. The SEC’s approach has been made...more

11/24/2014 - Administrative Hearings ALJ Enforcement Actions Judge Rakoff SEC

Business-Judgment Rule Applied in New York to Going-Private Transaction with Procedural Protections

The New York Appellate Division, First Department, ruled Thursday that the business-judgment rule – not the entire-fairness standard of review – can apply to a going-private transaction with the majority shareholder where the...more

11/24/2014 - Business Judgment Rule Controlling Stockholders Going-Private Transactions Minority Shareholders Shareholder Litigation

Supreme Court May Reject Argument that Opinion Statements Are Actionable Simply Because False

During oral arguments in Omnicare v. Laborers District Council last week, the Supreme Court appeared to signal a rejection of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals’ position that a sincerely held statement of opinion or belief...more

11/14/2014 - False Statements Omnicare Pharmaceutical Manufacturers SCOTUS Securities Act of 1933 Securities Litigation Whistleblowers

Demand Futility in Delaware Derivative Actions

Although they often involve overlapping issues, shareholder derivative lawsuits are fundamentally different from securities class actions. While the object of a securities class action is to hold the company (and, perhaps,...more

10/8/2014 - Class Action Demand Futility Derivative Suit Shareholder Litigation

So Much for Bright-Line Tests on Extraterritorial Reach of U.S. Securities Laws?

In its landmark 2010 decision in Morrison v. National Australia Bank, the Supreme Court articulated what seemed to be a bright-line test for determining the extent to which the U.S. securities laws apply to transactions with...more

8/19/2014 - Bright-Line Rule Cross-Border Extraterritoriality Rules Morrison v National Australia Bank

Whistleblower Antiretaliation Provision Does Not Apply Outside the U.S.

The Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled today that the Dodd-Frank Act's prohibition on retaliation against whistleblowers does not apply extraterritorially. In affirming the dismissal of the case on...more

8/18/2014 - Anti-Retaliation Provisions Corporate Counsel Employer Liability Issues Retaliation Whistleblowers

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

Kahn v. M&F Worldwide Corp.: Delaware Supreme Court Affirms Court of Chancery Ruling that Business Judgment Review Can Apply to...

In Kahn v. M&F Worldwide Corp., the Delaware Supreme Court unanimously affirmed the Court of Chancery’s decision that the business judgment standard, rather than the entire fairness standard of review, applies to controller...more

3/31/2014 - Acquisitions Business Judgment Rule Freeze-Out Mergers Mergers Shareholder Litigation Standard of Review

Delaware Supreme Court Issues Decision Upholding Collateral Estoppel in Shareholder Derivative Actions

The Delaware Supreme Court issued a decision on April 4, 2013, in Pyott v. Louisiana Municipal Police Employees' Retirement System concerning duplicative shareholder derivative actions and the "race to the courthouse" that...more

4/8/2013 - Board of Directors Collateral Estoppel Derivative Suit Full Faith and Credit Pre-Suit Notice

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