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Southern District Of New York Dismisses Securities Claims For Failure To Sufficiently Allege Misstatements And Scienter

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On June 13, 2017, Judge Vernon S. Broderick of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed a putative securities class action against gold mining and exploration company Pretium Resources,...more

Georgia Court of Appeals Affirms Dismissal of Georgia Patronage Capital Lawsuits

The Georgia Court of Appeals has affirmed the dismissal of two class action patronage capital lawsuits against Oglethorpe Power Corporation, Georgia Transmission Corporation (GTC), and certain distribution electric membership...more

Bridging the Week - June 2017 #2

Diamonds May Be Forever, but US Supreme Court Rules SEC Ability to Seek Disgorgement Limited to Five Years: The United States Supreme Court ruled last week that the Securities and Exchange Commission may only commence...more

U.S. Supreme Court Rules That SEC Disgorgement Is Subject to a Five-Year Limit

The U.S Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has frequently used disgorgement as a tool to strip wrongdoers of ill-gotten gains. The aim of disgorgement is to return the wrongdoer to the position he or she was in before...more

Supreme Court Sharply Limits SEC’s Ability to Order Disgorgement, Ruling that Five-Year Statute of Limitations Applies

by Dentons on

For decades, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has wielded a powerful weapon in its ability to obtain disgorgement orders to recoup any ill-gotten gains traceable to alleged securities violations. Although SEC...more

US Supreme Court: Disgorgement Is a Penalty, Limiting SEC’s Reach

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Rejecting the Tenth Circuit Kokesh decision, the holding that the five-year limitations period applies to SEC disgorgement claims will dramatically affect enforcement actions. Key Points: ..The Supreme Court decision...more

Supreme Court Applies Five-Year Statute of Limitations to SEC Disgorgement Claims in Kokesh v. SEC

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On June 5, 2017, after years of industry debate and litigation, the Supreme Court put to rest a billion dollar question: can the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC” or the “Commission”) seek disgorgement beyond the...more

Dissipation of Assets May be Tort Under English Law: Marex Financial Limited v. Carlos Sevilleja Garcia [2017] EWHC918

by Bryan Cave on

There is a joke that freezing injunctions are dangerous to heath. They appear to be carcinogenic, as people subject to them often tell the Court they are too ill to engage with proceedings....more

United States Supreme Court Holds SEC Disgorgement Orders Subject to Five-Year Statute of Limitations

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On Monday, June 5, 2017, a unanimous Supreme Court held that the ability of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) to seek disgorgement in connection with a violation of federal securities law is subject to a...more

The U.S. Supreme Court Puts S.E.C. Disgorgement Actions on the Clock

by Miller Canfield on

The U.S. Supreme Court continues to limit the timeframe in which the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“S.E.C.”) can seek to levy monetary penalties in enforcement actions it brings against violators of the federal...more

Supreme Court limits SEC disgorgement: what next?

by DLA Piper on

The US Supreme Court has unanimously ruled in Kokesh v. SEC, that SEC disgorgement is a penalty and, therefore, subject to a five-year statute of limitations.  The decision upends long-held views that SEC disgorgement is an...more

Supreme Court Limits SEC Ability to Seek Disgorgement by Holding Five-Year Statute of Limitations Applies to Such Actions

by Bryan Cave on

A five-year statute of limitations applies to actions by the Securities and Exchange Commission for disgorgement, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today. The decision imposes a significant new limit on the SEC’s ability to seek...more

Court Affirms Jury Finding Of No Breach Of Fiduciary Duty In Partnership Dispute

by Winstead PC on

In Thunder Rose Enters. v. Kirk, the plaintiffs sued the defendant for various claims, including breach of fiduciary duty based on an alleged partnership dispute. No. 13-15-00431-CV, 2017 Tex. App. LEXIS 3481 (Tex....more

California Federal Court Upholds $8 Million Jury Verdict In Former General Counsel’s Whistleblower Lawsuit

Recently, a California federal court denied the defendant–employer’s motion for a new trial, upholding the jury’s $7.96 million verdict finding that the Company terminated its former general counsel for reporting alleged...more

First Circuit Affirms Dismissal Of Putative Securities Class Action, Finding Public Disclosures Precluded Any Finding Of Intent To...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On May 12, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a putative securities class action against biopharmaceutical company Biogen Inc. and three of its officers. In Re: Biogen...more

Supreme Court judgment in the long-running Lehman Waterfall litigation

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On 17 May 2017, the UK Supreme Court handed down judgment in proceedings - commonly known as the Waterfall I litigation - to determine claims with regard to the estimated £8 billion surplus arising in the estate of Lehman...more

For Purposes of a General Release Agreement, an “Affiliate” is not Defined by a Mere Contractual Relationship

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Muhammad Iqbal v. Imran Ziadeh - COURT OF APPEAL, THIRD APPELLATE DISTRICT (March 24, 2017) - The issue in this case is whether plaintiff’s release in a previous case immunized defendant Imran Ziadeh (“Ziadeh”) against...more

Delaware Chancery Court Dismisses Breach Of Fiduciary Duty And Quasi-Appraisal Claims Under Corwin

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On May 3, 2017, Vice Chancellor Joseph R. Slights of the Delaware Court of Chancery declined to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the buyer of EMSI Holding Company (“EMSI”) asserting post-closing claims for indemnification against...more

Equity Kickers and the Criminal Rate of Interest

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Entering into a loan transaction that also has an equity component, such as the issuance of shares or warrants, has previously given rise to some concern that the loan could ultimately run afoul of the 60 percent criminal...more

"The Continuing Evolution of Corwin in Delaware Courts"

Recent Delaware Supreme Court and Court of Chancery cases have continued to refine the impact and requirements of Corwin v. KKR Financial Holdings LLC, in which the Delaware Supreme Court held that the business judgment rule...more

Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal Of Shareholder Suit, Finding Subject Matter Jurisdiction Was Properly Exercised, Equity Dilution...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On April 26, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by a shareholder of Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (“Star Bulk”) against its directors and entities affiliated...more

In Affirming Dismissal Of Shareholder Suit, The Fifth Circuit Confirms The Bar For Adequately Pleading Scienter

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On April 21, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a shareholder class action lawsuit against certain officers and directors of ATP Oil & Gas Corporation (“ATP”). Neiman et...more

Landlords Who Violate Bankruptcy Stay May be Ordered to Pay Emotional Distress Damages and Punitive Damages

by PretiFlaherty on

Landlords should use caution in attempts to take possession of leased space once a tenant files bankruptcy. Recently, in Lansaw v. Zokaites, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an order of the Bankruptcy Court for the...more

Analysis of FDIC v. Loudermilk Decision

by Bryan Cave on

The FDIC’s lawsuit against former directors and officers of the failed Buckhead Community Bank, one of the most closely watched Georgia corporate governance cases in years, went to trial in October, 2016. The jury returned a...more

Supreme Court Considers Time Limits On SEC Disgorgement Claims

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Disgorgement, one of the SEC’s primary remedies, was the focus of intense debate during arguments before the Supreme Court in Kokesh v. SEC, No. 16-529 (S.Ct.) earlier this week. At issue was whether the remedy is subject to...more

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