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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

Update: Vivendi Wins Summary Judgment Against Another Class Member As Litigation Winds Down

We speculated in September that a decision to grant summary judgment against a class member in the long-running In re Vivendi Universal, S.A. Securities Litigation, 02 Civ. 5571 (SAS) (S.D.N.Y.) “could have implications for...more

Second Circuit Issues Amended Order Affirming Dismissal in Transocean

On April 29, the United States Court of Appeals entered an amended order (previously decided on March 17, 2016) that affirmed the decision of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York in DeKalb...more

A Compilation of Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - Amendments to the Venture Capital Fund Adviser and Private Fund Adviser Exemptions - Last month the SEC’s Division of Investment Management issued a guidance update (Update) addressing recent...more

TN COA Tosses Fraud & Securities Claims Over “Crazy” Scam

Tennessee fraudulent misrepresentation claims – and “investment contract” claims under the State’s Blue Sky Law – fail the “reasonable reliance” requirement, where the plaintiff himself asserts it’s a fraud because nobody...more

Employee Benefits Developments - April 2016

Stock Drop Case Update: Settlement Reached in Dudenhoeffer Case; Dismissal of Lehman Brothers Lawsuit Upheld. Two recent developments in stock drop litigation are worth noting: Dudenhoeffer Settlement. In Fifth Third...more

5 Wishes for Securities Litigation Defense

I am committed to helping shape a system for securities litigation defense that helps directors and officers get through securities litigation safely and efficiently, without losing their serenity or dignity, or facing any...more

Why Delaware Corporations Should Worry About California Law When Making Dividends

When paying a dividend to shareholders, California corporations are subject to Chapter 5 of the California Corporations Code. Corporations incorporated in Delaware and other states may also be subject to Chapter 5 if they...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

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC requested comment on the development of a consolidated audit trail this week, a concept long discussed. The audit trail would enable regulators to track trading activity in the U.S. markets. Enforcement initiated...more

Split 8th Circuit Rejects Class Certification in 10b-5 Case

In IBEW Local 98 Pension Fund v. Best Buy Co. Inc., Plaintiffs alleged that misleading statements by Best Buy officers made during a phone call with stock analysts artificially supported Best Buy’s stock prices until a report...more

Underwriters May Have Expertise But That Does Not Make Them “Experts”

In the LBP Holdings v. Allied Nevada Gold Corp. decision released on April 27, 2016, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice refused to allow the underwriters of a secondary public offering (SPO) to be added as defendants to a...more

Plaintiffs Find California Courts Congenial To Section 11 Actions

Muttering About Mottoes - The official motto of the State of California is “Eureka”. Cal. Gov’t Code § 420.5. The word is a transliteration of the Greek word e????a which is first person, singular, indicative active...more

Corporate Trustees and Cash Managers: can historic miscalculations and underpayments be an Event of Default? The English High...

We now have the English High Court’s first judgment concerning the position of Class X Notes in a CMBS structure. The rights of the Class X Notes in the Windermere VII CMBS were considered by the Court in Hayfin Opal Luxco 3...more

SEC Complaint: How To Create A Manipulation Vehicle

Microcap fraud has long been a focus of SEC enforcement. Many of the cases start with a public shell followed by a reverse merger in which the promoters end up with large portions of the stock. The transaction culminated with...more

Restarting the Clock: Court of Appeal Affirms Two-Year Limitation Period for Oppression Remedy Cases

In its recent decision in Maurice v. Alles, the Court of Appeal for Ontario held that oppression remedy claims under the Ontario Business Corporations Act (OBCA) must be commenced within the general two-year limitation period...more

Class Certification: Halliburton II and Basic

The predicate for many securities class actions is the fraud-on-the-market theory, adopted by the Supreme Court in Basic, Inc. v. Levinson, 485 U.S. 224 (1988). There the Court held that a securities law plaintiff could...more

Court Affirms Holding That A Trust Owns Stock That Was Issued To The Trustee In His Individual Capacity

In Dutcher v. Dutcher-Phipps Crane & Rigging, Inc., a trust owned twenty percent of a family limited partnership that in turn owned a family business. No. 08-15-00202-CV, 2016 Tex. App. LEXIS 3809 (Tex. App.—El Paso 2016, no...more

Is Your Corporation “Zeroing Out” Income at End of Year Through Bonuses? Watch Out!

For the last few years the IRS has warned taxpayers that it would look closely at year-end bonuses that resulted in “zeroing out” taxable income of a corporation by deducting the bonuses as salary rather than a payment of...more

District Court Holds Private Equity Funds Jointly Liable for Portfolio Company's ERISA Withdrawal Liability

The U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts ruled on March 28, 2016 that two private equity funds were jointly and severally liable for the multiemployer pension plan withdrawal liability of their jointly-owned...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

District Court Applies Dudenhoeffer “More Harm Than Good” Standard to Closely-Held Corporation

A federal district court in Mississippi ruled for the first time that the “more harm than good” pleading standard established by the Supreme Court in Fifth Third Bancorp v. Dudenhoeffer, 134 S. Ct. 2459 (2014), applied to...more

X-tra X-tra read more about it! First English Court Ruling on Class X Notes in European CMBS

As outlined in our previous blog, X-tra, X-tra, Real All About It! published on Friday 8 April, Mr Justice Snowden handed down judgment of the High Court in the much anticipated Windermere VII Class X Notes dispute (Hayfin...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission prevailed at trial in a market manipulation case. The trial followed a series of settlements and a grant of summary judgment in the Commission’s favor as to one defendant. The remaining defendant, a former NFL...more

Australian Competition & Regulation Update - Misuse of Wholesale Electricity Market Power - US Class Action Proceeds

WHAT HAPPENED IN THE US? Class Action to proceed On 1 April 2016, a US District Court allowed a class action to proceed. The action was brought by Merced Irrigations District (Merced) against Barclays Bank PLC...more

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