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Sixth Circuit Narrows Collective-Knowledge For PSLRA Scienter

The US Sixth Circuit last week narrowed its standard for adequately pleading scienter in PSLRA cases using a collective-knowledge theory to impute knowledge to a corporate defendant from among various employees. In Omnicare,...more

SEC Brings Another Offering Fraud Case

The Commission filed another in what appears to be an unending series of offering fraud actions. Unlike many of its prior cases, this action centers on a Respondent who kept shifting his scheme to continually raise more money...more

Florida District Court of Appeal: Insurer’s Liability For Breach Of Contract Need Not Be Determined Before Bad Faith Claim Ripens

Cammarata v. State Farm Florida Insurance Company, No. 4D13-185 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. Sept. 3, 2014) (en banc). Clarifying recent conflicting precedents, the Florida District Court of Appeal for the Fourth District held...more

In re Cornerstone Therapeutics Inc. S'holder Litig., Consol. C.A. No. 8922-VCG (Del. Ch. Sept. 10, 2014) (Glasscock, V.C.)

In this opinion on a motion to dismiss, the Court of Chancery held that, in a controller transaction governed by entire fairness review, a plaintiff need not specifically plead non-exculpated breaches of duty as to...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission prevailed in three litigated decisions. The agency secured a favorable jury verdict in an action centered on an offering fraud. In two other cases — one based on misrepresentations regarding the only company...more

Corporate State of Mind in Securities Cases: The Sixth Circuit Blazes a New Trail

Analysis of the corporate mens rea is, by definition, contrived and one with which federal courts have struggled. Unlike instances where an individual is charged with securities fraud, determining the “thinking” or...more

Hospital’s Extortion & Fraud Too Quick to Violate RICO

Danielle Bennion and her co-plaintiffs filed a RICO (Racketeer Influenced & Corrupt Practices Act) action alleging that Mountain View Hospital and co-defendants engaged in a plan of extortion and wire fraud for the purpose of...more

Ross Holding and Mgmt. Co. v. Advance Realty Group, LLC, C.A. No. 4113-VCN (Del. Ch. Sept. 4, 2014) (Nobel, V.C.)

In this post-trial memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery evaluated a reorganization under the entire fairness standard, and held that, although plaintiffs received a fair price, the unfair process infected the entire...more

Rural/Metro II: Additional Lessons for Financial Advisors, Directors and Counsel in M&A Transactions And Related Litigation

On October 10, 2014, the Delaware Court of Chancery issued a decision awarding nearly $76 million in damages against a seller’s financial advisor. In an earlier March 7, 2014 opinion in the case, In re Rural/Metro Corp....more

SEC Charges Private Equity Fund Adviser with Misallocating Expenses between Portfolio Companies

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) issued a cease and desist order on September 22, 2014 (Order) against private equity fund adviser Lincolnshire Management, Inc. (Lincolnshire). The Order alleged...more

The Supreme Court of the State of New York Limits the Rights Assignees and Indenture Trustees Have to Commence Actions to Recover...

In Cortlandt St. Recovery Corp. v Hellas Telecom., S.A.R.L., 2014 NY Slip Op 24268 (Sup. Ct., N.Y. County 2014), the Supreme Court of the State of New York ruled on two important issues related to the right to sue for...more

SEC Comment Letters–A New Twist on Insider Trading?

A few days ago the New York Times reported a recent study by three professors at the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkley that notes increased insider sales just prior to the EDGAR filing of...more

SEC Settles Insider Trading Case, Finding Roommate Relationship Created Duty of Trust and Confidence

The Securities and Exchange Commission recently accepted an offer of settlement submitted by Filip Szymik, in anticipation of a cease-and-desist proceeding resulting from the purported insider trading in Herbalife, Ltd....more

Loss Causation In A Securities Fraud Case From a Stream of Small Disclosures

A critical element in a Section 10(b) and Rule 10b-5 securities fraud claim for damages is loss causation. Mandated as a key component of such a claim by the PSLRA, the element provides the essential link between the alleged...more

Merger Discussions & Non-Compete Agreements: A Recent Case from the EDNY

A recent case out of the Eastern District of New York raises interesting questions about the use of non-compete agreements in connection with merger talks. Let’s take a look: Calico Cottage, Inc. is a New York company...more

NJ Banks May Not Face Common Law Tort Claims for Improper Electronic Funds Transfers

The New Jersey Supreme Court in a matter of first impression held that a non-customer of a bank cannot bring a common law negligence claim against that bank for an improper money transfer via the Internet. In ADS Associates...more

Hedge Fund and its Partner and Lawyer Fail on Motion to Dismiss for Breach of Fiduciary Duty

A case against a hedge fund, and one of its partners and in-house counsel, related to actions at a portfolio company and alleging breach of fiduciary duties survived a motion to dismiss. The portfolio company, alleged to be...more

Lincolnshire Pays $2.3 Million to Settle SEC Charges of Misallocation of Portfolio Company Expenses

On September 22, 2014, New York-based private equity firm Lincolnshire Management, Inc. (Lincolnshire) agreed to pay $2.3 million to settle Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) allegations that Lincolnshire misallocated...more

SEC Insider Trading Cases as Administrative Proceedings – A New Trend?

Traditionally, the SEC has brought insider trading cases as civil injunctive actions. The recent emphasis on administrative proceedings, however, appears to be changing that. Earlier this week the agency brought an insider...more

Georgia Court of Appeals rules franchisees can assert claims for relief under Georgia’s tort statute for violating the FTC...

The Georgia Court of Appeals recently upheld a judgment entered on a jury verdict against a franchisor for violating the Federal Trade Commission’s Franchise Rule, 16 CFR Parts 436 and 437 (the FTC Rule), finding that the FTC...more

Insurer’s Liability for Breach of Contract Is Not a Condition Precedent to Insured’s Bad Faith Claim

A Florida appeals court recently held in Cammarata v. State Farm Florida Insurance Co. that an insured is not required to show that its insurer breached the insurance policy before it can bring a claim for bad faith. Although...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - Cost of Proposed User Fees by Registered Investment Advisers Further Discussed - SEC Valuation Guidance for All Funds - Update on Insider Trading in Mutual Fund...more

Executive Sentenced to 8 Years over Kickbacks Highlights Internal Fraud Threats

Compensation of at least $14 million apparently wasn't enough for the former executive of a national specialty retailer recently sentenced to eight years in prison. Instead, he garnered an additional $25 million in kickbacks...more

Bridging the Week - September 2014 #3

Court Permits Customer and IB Claims to Proceed Against U.S. Bank Over Peregrine Collapse - A US federal court in Illinois authorized two lawsuits arising from the collapse of Peregrine Financial Group to proceed...more

Supreme Court Considers Whether A Bribe Or Secret Commission Received By An Agent Is The Property Of The Principal

In HR European Ventures LLP & ors v Cedar Capital Partners LLC [2014] UKSC 45, 16 July 2014, the Supreme Court held that bribes and secret commissions, received by an agent, should be treated as the property of the principal...more

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