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Structuring Private Equity Deals in 2017: Considerations for Buyers While They Wait for the Sun Capital Appeals to Play Out

Sun Capital Partners III, LP v. New England Teamsters and Trucking Industry Pension Fund has been analyzed extensively over the past four years, as it has made its way from the US District Court for the District of...more

Revenge of the Whistle-blower: Possible Consequences of Compliance Failures

In a company with a robust compliance culture, potential whistleblowers can express their concerns without fear of retribution. By contrast, the penalty for a culture that silences whistleblowers just got steeper. Companies...more

Be Careful What You Wish For, Part II: Would Companies Be Better Off Without the Fraud-on-the-Market Doctrine?

The villain in the fight against securities class actions is the fraud-on-the-market presumption of reliance established by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1988 in Basic Inc. v. Levinson, 485 U.S. 224 (1988). Without Basic, the...more

Shareholders Seeking Books and Records Must Demonstrate Credible Basis to Infer Wrongdoing

On February 2, 2017, the Delaware Court of Chancery reaffirmed that shareholders seeking to inspect the books and records of Delaware corporations must demonstrate a credible basis to infer corporate wrongdoing. Accusations...more

First Department Opens the Door a Bit Wider to “Disclosure-Only” Settlement Agreements in Class Action Cases

On February 2, 2017, the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department, approved a “disclosure-only” settlement agreement in Gordon v. Verizon Communications, Inc., 2017 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 740 (1st Dep’t Feb....more

First Department Adds Two New Factors to New York’s Standard of Review for Non-Monetary Settlements of Shareholder Class Actions

On February 2, 2017, the Appellate Division, First Department issued a unanimous decision in Gordon v. Verizon Communications, Inc., No. 653084/13, 2017 BL 31251 (1st Dep’t Feb. 2, 2017) that may have significant consequences...more

Ninth Circuit Holds that Alleged Violations of Aspirational Corporate Conduct Standards Are Insufficient to State a Claim for...

In Retail Wholesale & Department Store Union Local 338 Retirement Fund v. Hewlett-Packard Co., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 955 (9th Cir. Jan. 19, 2017), the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit addressed for the...more

Delaware corporate law and litigation: what happened in 2016 and what it means for you in 2017

Delaware has long been known as the corporate capital of the world, and it is now the state of incorporation for 66 percent of the Fortune 500 and more than half of all companies whose securities trade on the NYSE, Nasdaq and...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Rejects Bylaw That Required Supermajority Stockholder Vote to Remove Directors in Violation of 8 Del....

In Frechter v. Zier, C.A. No. 12038-VCG, 2017 WL 345142 (Del. Ch. Jan. 24, 2017) (Glasscock, V.C.), the Delaware Court of Chancery granted plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment on a declaratory relief claim and held that 8...more

Ninth Circuit Accords Chevron Deference To The SEC, What Would Judge Gorsuch Say?

Last week, I noted that Judge Gorsuch has expressed a certain skepticism of Chevron deference. The next day, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that the Securities and Exchange Commission’s interpretation of Section...more

What 2016 Workplace Class Actions Filings Suggest Employers Are Apt To Face In 2017

Seyfarth Synopsis: Workplace class action filings were flat overall and even decreased as compared to levels in 2015. However, that is apt to change in 2017. In the 4th in a series of blog postings on workplace class action...more

NC Bar on Notice: Business Court May Increase Scrutiny for Approval of Disclosure-Only Class Action Settlements & Attorneys’ Fees

Rolling into the new year, North Carolina attorneys are on notice that the ability to gain approval of class action settlements and related attorneys’ fees may become more difficult in some cases. In recent years, we have...more

U.S. District Court Finds Personal Jurisdiction In Derivative Suit

I think it is beyond peradventure that a state enjoys personal jurisdiction over corporations incorporated within that state. What about the personal jurisdiction over the corporation’s directors and officers? That was the...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC is an agency in transition. There are three open slots on the agency waiting to be filled by the President and the Senate. Many of the senior staff positions are also now open including the Director of the Division of...more

Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update – February 2017

REGULATION - DOL Issues Additional Guidance on Fiduciary Rule - On January 13, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued a second set of guidance on its new fiduciary rules, which are scheduled to become...more

Court Dismisses Claims Against Investment Firm For Lack Of Personal Jurisdiction

In Happy vs. Tanner, Tanner sued Retire Happy for breach of fiduciary duty, negligent misrepresentation, fraud, conversion, negligence, promissory estoppel, quantum meruit, and violation of the Texas Securities Act arising...more

Securities Class Action Filings Increased Significantly in 2016

There was a significant increase in the number of securities class actions filed in 2016. It is the second straight year of increased filings, according to reports prepared by Cornerstone Research and NERA Economic...more

"Near-Record Securities Litigation Filings Show No Signs of Slowing"

Plaintiffs filed 300 securities class actions in 2016 — a mark much higher than the annual average of 221 from 2011 to 2015 (as reported by NERA Economic Consulting). Indeed, the number of filings in 2016 was the...more

2016 Year-End Securities Litigation and Enforcement Highlights

Welcome to the 2016 Year-End Report from the BakerHostetler Securities Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement Practice Team. The purpose of this Report is to provide a periodic survey, apart from our team Executive...more

Supreme Court to Hear Whether 5-year Statute of Limitations Applies to SEC Disgorgement Actions

In a case with important consequences for SEC enforcement, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to address whether a five-year statute of limitations applies to SEC actions seeking disgorgement of ill-gotten gains. Courts...more

Many Discovery Tools Exist To Find Emails To Prove Shareholder Oppression

I have noted many times on this blog that emails often prove shareholder oppression cases. It can be fairly easy for majority shareholders who are careful, and seek legal advise beforehand, to mask their true intent when...more

Judge rejects all claims in first LIBOR manipulation case to reach trial

On 21 December 2016 Mrs Justice Asplin handed down a keenly awaited judgment in the case of Property Alliance Group Limited v The Royal Bank of Scotland PLC [2016] EWHC 3342 (Ch) dismissing all of the claimant’s claims. The...more

Ninth Circuit Holds That Securities Class Action Based on Violations of Ethics Code Properly Dismissed

On January 19, 2017, the Ninth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a shareholder class action lawsuit alleging securities fraud violations, arising out of Hewlett-Packard’s former CEO’s alleged misrepresentations about HP’s...more

Delaware Chancery Court Throws Out Claims Over $10 Million Severance Payment to CEO

Seyfarth Synopsis: A Delaware Chancery Court judge last week dismissed a derivative complaint seeking to recover a $10 million severance payment made to a corporation’s former CEO because he found that plaintiff shareholder...more

Chris Lazarini Provides Insight on Application of Scienter in Securities Exchange Act Claim - Thought Leadership - Bass Berry

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini provided insight on case in which class plaintiffs allege certain company officers knowingly made misleading statements about a drug's potential adverse effects which, when later...more

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