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SEC Files Offering Fraud Action Centered on Warrants From Private Firm

The SEC filed another offering fraud action, a current staple of the agency. This scheme centered on two former executives of a privately held software manufacturer and a marketer who sold investors interests in various...more

SEC Settles Insider Trading Action With Corporate Executive

Insider trading has long been a staple of SEC enforcement. The agency has brought a number of actions against corporate executives who have abused their position by using inside information entrusted to them for personal gain...more

South Dakota: The Next Frontier of Sales Tax Nexus

On April 29, 2016, a declaratory action was filed challenging the constitutionality of South Dakota’s sales and use tax economic nexus legislation, which took effect Sunday, May 1, 2016. In American Catalog Mailers...more

SEC Sanctions Audit Firm, Partner Tied to Custody Rule

Custody Rule cases are rapidly becoming a staple of SEC enforcement. Rule 206(4)-2 requires registered investment advisers with custody of client funds or securities to implement certain controls to protect those assets....more

SEC Settles With Apple Stock Day Trader

Apple stock is well known and popular among investors. It is also attractive to fraudsters who focus on the high tech giant’s shares for schemes. One scheme, for example, brought down New York brokerage Rochdale Securities...more

SEC Prevails At Trial Over Former Professional Athlete

Sometimes is does not pay to be the last man standing – particularly in a Commission enforcement action. Such was the fate of former NFL player and Olympic athlete Willie Gault. SEC v. Heart Tronics, Inc., Case No....more

“Citizen Suits” Under China’s Revised Environmental Protection Law: A Watershed Moment In Chinese Environmental Litigation?

A little over a year ago, on January 1, 2015, China’s amended Environmental Protection Law (“EPL”) went into effect, representing a significant aspect of China’s concerted effort to place greater emphasis on environmental...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Clamps Down on Disclosure-Only Settlements

In recent years, lawsuits challenging mergers and acquisitions have become almost ubiquitous. Virtually all of these cases settled for disclosure-only settlements in which the target’s stockholders received no money. Of...more

Bridging the Week - March 2016

California Federal Court Refuses to Stop FERC Lawsuit to Uphold the Validity of US $453 Million Penalty for Manipulating Electricity Prices: A federal court in California refused to stop a lawsuit by the Federal Energy...more

Court Of Chancery Explains When A Minority Stockholder May Have Actual Control Over A Deal

This is another in a series of decisions dealing with the allegation that a minority stockholder controlled a deal through its control of a majority of the board of directors....more

Court Of Chancery Limits Attorney Charging Lien

An “attorney charging lien” allows an attorney to recover compensation for his services from a fund recovered with his assistance....more

SEC Partially Resolves One Action, Concludes Another

The SEC announced the partial resolution of one action last week and the conclusion of another. One centered on the collapse of Dewey & LeBoeuf, LLP. The other concluded an insider trading action involving inside information...more

Tenth Circuit Upholds Colorado’s Use Tax Reporting, Limits Quill to Sales and Use Tax Collection

On February 22, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit (Tenth Circuit) issued its opinion in Direct Marketing Association v. Brohl, reversing the district court’s order granting summary judgment. The Tenth...more

Court Of Chancery Calculates Mootness Benefit In Post-Trulia Decision

This is an interesting decision for two reasons. First, the decision awards a mootness fee for disclosures and changes to deal protection measures in a merger gone bust. Thus, the opinion is useful precedent in the...more

United States District Court Pushes Back Against Government in North Carolina Asset Forfeiture Case

In May of last year we highlighted the decision by the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina to dismiss a forfeiture case he’d brought against Lyndon McLellan, the owner of a small convenience...more

Congress Considers Landmark Trade Secret Reforms

If enacted, the legislation would represent the most significant trade secret reform in many years. Major federal trade secret legislation is receiving strong bipartisan support and consideration in the US Congress. The...more

January 2016: U.K. Competition/Antitrust Litigation Update

The new Competition Appeal Tribunal Fast-Track Procedure for Small-and Medium-Sized Enterprises. On October 1, 2015, significant competition law reforms took effect in the United Kingdom under the Consumer Rights Act of 2015....more

The Demise of Disclosure-Only Settlements?

On January 22, 2016, the Delaware Court of Chancery, in an opinion of Chancellor Bouchard, rejected a proposed disclosure-only settlement in the context of M&A litigation that offered no new helpful information to the...more

Minnesota Court of Appeals Articulates Test for Direct Shareholder Claims in In re Medtronic, Inc. Shareholder Litigation

On January 25, 2016, the Minnesota Court of Appeals decided In re Medtronic, Inc. Shareholder Litigation, holding that a shareholder’s claim is properly characterized as a direct claim, not a derivative claim, even where all...more

ESG Capital Partners v. Passport Special Opportunities Master Fund, C.A. No. 11053-VCL (Del. Ch. Dec. 16, 2015) (Laster, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery granted in part and denied in part defendants’ motion to dismiss a complaint seeking declaratory relief in which plaintiffs alleged that certain investors in ESG Capital...more

Relief from sanction: no relief from the Supreme Court

Since 2013 when the relevant court rules were amended, it has become significantly more difficult to obtain relief from sanction imposed for breach of a court rule, practice direction or court order. It is rare for what...more

Infringement Case Shows Difficulty of Protecting Intellectual Property

KFx Medical Corp. filed its patent applications like any startup would and with the same goal: protecting its intellectual property. Sometimes, that’s not an easy thing to do, especially if the infringing company is...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Partnership Distribution Rights And Power of GP

ESG Capital Partners II L.P. v. Passport Special Opportunities Master Fund L.P, C.A. 11053-VCL (December 16, 2015) This is an interesting decision for 2 reasons. First, the Court explains what might have seemed obvious...more

SEC Charges IA With Fraud Tied To Conflicts, Undisclosed Interest

Undisclosed conflicts by investment advisers and others is a focus of the current SEC enforcement program. In its most recent action, the conflicts came from a firm with an indirect, undisclosed controlling interest in the...more

Court Affirmed Finding Of No Fiduciary Duty Because No Joint Venture Existed

In Stutz Rd. Ltd. P’ship v. Weekley Homes, L.P., plaintiffs sued a defendant for breach of fiduciary duty based on duties owed pursuant to an alleged joint venture. No. 05-12-01752-CV, 2015 Tex. App. LEXIS 11440 (Tex....more

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