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Recent case law update: Treatment of Trust Assets — Akers (and others) v. Samba Financial Group (2017)

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The English Supreme Court has delivered a ruling that provides helpful guidance on the enforceability of trusts in respect of assets located in foreign jurisdictions that do not recognise trusts. The ruling also highlights...more

Delaware Chancery Court Issues Opinion Offering Rare Interpretation Of Stock Transfer Restriction Provision, Delaware General...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On July 10, 2017, Vice Chancellor Tamika Montgomery-Reeves of the Delaware Court of Chancery found plaintiff was not bound by stock transfer restrictions under which the company had sought to revoke his ownership and was...more

Delaware Chancery Court Dismisses Post-Closing Challenge To Two-Step Merger Under Corwin Finding Tendering Stockholders Were Fully...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On July 13, 2017, Vice Chancellor Tamika Montgomery-Reeves of the Delaware Court of Chancery dismissed a former stockholder’s breach of fiduciary duty claims against the former directors of Diamond Resorts International...more

Northern District Of California Partially Dismisses Securities Claims For Failure To Sufficiently Allege Misstatements And Control...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On June 28, 2017, Judge Charles R. Breyer of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California ruled, among other things, that allegations of knowledge of “defeat devices” did not equate to knowledge of...more

Second Circuit Partially Vacates Class Certification, Holding That Whether Securities Transactions Are "Domestic" Raises...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On July 7, 2017, in a decision making several significant rulings and clarifications, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated in part an order certifying classes asserting claims under the Securities...more

Eighth Circuit Vacates Disgorgement Order As Time-Barred Under Kokesh But Leaves Injunction Undisturbed

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On June 29, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit vacated a disgorgement order against Crawford Capital Corporation, a venture capital firm, and its owner, Paul D. Crawford, citing the U.S. Supreme...more

U.S. Supreme Court Again Limits Forums for Suits Against Corporations

by Lathrop Gage on

Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court held that due process restricts a state court’s power to exercise “general” (i.e. all-purpose) jurisdiction to hear any and all claims against a defendant. General jurisdiction exists only...more

2016 Marks a Record Year for Securities Class Actions

The year 2016 was the biggest yet for U.S. securities class action settlements. On June 14, 2017, Securities Class Action Services, a division of Institutional Shareholder Services, Inc., released its updated list of the top...more

Update: US Supreme Court Reverses California’s Expansion of Personal Jurisdiction

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Nation’s highest court reverses California Supreme Court decision that extended the jurisdictional reach of state courts. In the 2016 case Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court (Anderson), the California Supreme Court...more

Supreme Court Solidifies Specific Jurisdiction Analysis To Dismiss Product Claims Filed Against Non-Resident Defendant,...

by Cozen O'Connor on

Product manufacturers routinely hauled into court in far away, inconvenient jurisdictions can breathe a little easier with the Supreme Court’s decision this week in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of...more

Kokesh May Lead to Lower Monetary Sanctions in SEC Enforcement Proceedings

The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Kokesh v. SEC provides the defense bar with significant ammunition to argue for lower monetary sanctions in securities enforcement matters pending in federal district courts. In...more

Supreme Court Ruling Promises To Reshape Major, Multiparty Litigation in Federal Court

In Bristol-Myers Squibb v. Superior Court of California, No. 16-466, slip op. (U.S., June 19, 2017), the United States Supreme Court provided further clarification regarding the exercise of personal jurisdiction over...more

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

Yet another Target settlement highlights data breach costs

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

In what appears to be the closing act of the saga that is the Target data breach, on May 23 the retailer announced it had reached a settlement agreement with a coalition of 47 states’ attorneys general. Pursuant to the...more

In A Usurpation Of Corporate Opportunity Case, The Texas Supreme Court Reversed A Constructive Trust Due To A Failure To Trace The...

by Winstead PC on

In Longview Energy Co. v. The Huff Energy Fund, LP, Longview Energy Company sued two of its directors and their affiliates after discovering one affiliate purchased mineral leases in an area where Longview had been...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

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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

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