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New York Supreme Court Denies Barclays’ Motion to Dismiss NYAG’s Martin Act Claim – Court Finds Martin Act Applies to Barclays’...

Last week, the New York Supreme Court denied Barclays’ motion to dismiss the New York Attorney General’s fraud claim against the bank, finding that the NYAG may proceed with its claim under New York’s Martin Act based on...more

High Court Divided: Is A Fish A Tangible Object?

Gulf fisherman John Yates was cited by a federally-deputized Florida Fish & Wildlife officer for having caught a few red grouper that were about an inch under the 20” minimum limit at the time (they’d have been legal under...more

Is Anything Fishy With The SEC’s Whistleblower Inquiries?

Yesterday, Rachel Louise Ensign of The Wall Street Journal wrote that the SEC recently sent letters “to a number of companies asking for years of nondisclosure agreements, employment contracts and other documents”.  According...more

Fifth Circuit Holds that Loss on Abandoned Securities is Ordinary Loss

Wednesday, the Fifth Circuit issued its decision in Pilgrim’s Pride and held that a loss on abandoned securities is ordinary. The Fifth Circuit rejected the IRS’s argument that Section 1234A and Section 165(g) apply to treat...more

Another SEC Whistleblower Amicus Brief On Whether Dodd-Frank Covers Internal Complaints

On February 6, the SEC filed its third amicus brief defending its interpretive rule on Dodd-Frank’s anti-retaliation provision, 15 U.S.C. §78u-6(h)(1). The impetus is a ruling out of the Southern District of New York in...more

The Iron Law of Unintended Consequences - (with apologies to Robert Michels)

It is a certainty that no matter what action is taken (by an individual, a group, or especially a legislative body) that there will be unintended consequences. It is also true that those unintended consequences, like the...more

Second Circuit Narrows Class Standing Doctrine

In NECA-IBEW v. Goldman Sachs, the Second Circuit arguably opened up a new door in class action litigation when it held that investors in one securities offering had standing to represent a putative class of investors in...more

To Whom Must The Whistle Blow? SEC Asks Second Circuit for Deference on Scope of Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Protection

In an amicus brief filed earlier this month in Berman v. Neo@Ogilvy LCC, the SEC asked the Second Circuit to defer to the Commission and hold that individuals who report misconduct internally are covered by the...more

In Ordering Disgorgement in SEC Cases, Courts Have Discretion, but Not That Much Discretion

When defendants argue in federal court against the SEC’s calculation of a disgorgement figure, they hear a lot of this: “A district court has broad discretion to order disgorgement of profits obtained through...more

Court Finds Naming Names in Public Filings and Imprudent Emails Support Action For Retaliation

In Celia Greengrass v. International Monetary Systems, Ltd., 2015 WL 137891, (7th Cir. Jan. 12, 2015), the Seventh Circuit relied in part on the fact that an employer identified a former employee by name in its discussion of...more

Colorado Supreme Court: Late Notice Inexcusable under Claims-Made Policies

Facts - In Craft v. Philadelphia Indemnity Ins. Co., 2015 CO 11 (Colo. Feb. 17, 2015), Craft was the principal shareholder and president of two entities to which Philadelphia issued claims-made directors and officers...more

The Financial Report -Volume 4, No. 4 • February 2015 (Global)

US Judicial Developments - Receiver can be subject to arbitration. The court-appointed receiver for hedge funds used as part of a Ponzi scheme sued the scheme’s “net winners” in an effort to claw back their gains....more

A Win for Nonsettling Defendants Facing Securities Act Claims

Nonsettling defendants that faced Securities Act claims were protected from disproportionate liability following a partial settlement. On February 3, Judge William H. Orrick of the U.S. District Court for the Northern...more

Oregon Court of Appeals Issues Decision Interpreting Antifraud Provisions of Oregon Securities Law

On February 11, the Oregon Court of Appeals issued an important decision interpreting the antifraud provisions of the Oregon Securities Law. The Court of Appeals held that ORS 59.137, which governs the private right of action...more

Trends In Canadian Securities Class Actions

Filings for new Canadian securities class actions have been essentially flat over the last three years, according to a recent report by NERA Economic consulting. That trend is consistent with the one for the filing of U.S....more

One Good Thing and One Bad Thing about SEC Administrative Proceedings

One of my favorite lines from my kids’ books involves a cat named Pickles who’s having something of an identity crisis. Pickles doesn’t really have an owner, but does have a temporary caretaker, who tells him, “Pickles,...more

Court Finds CFTC RTO/ISO Exemptive Order Bars CEA § 22 Private Right of Action, but More to Come from the CFTC

Can private litigants bring claims under the Commodity Exchange Act alleging manipulation in ERCOT’s energy markets? On February 3, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas answered “no,” granting...more

Delaware Independent Director Liability in Control Buyout Cases

The Delaware Supreme Court will address the standard for pleading that an independent director has breached fiduciary duties in connection with a controlling shareholder buyout. The issue was certified for interlocutory...more

McWane, Inc. v. Lanier, C.A. No. 9488-VCP (Del. Ch. Jan. 30, 2015) (Parsons, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery denied defendants’ motion to dismiss or stay for lack of personal jurisdiction. The Court held that a mandatory forum selection clause in a merger agreement controlled over a...more

Weiner v. Milliken Design, Inc., C.A. No. 9671-VCP (Del. Ch. Jan. 30, 2015) (Parsons, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery granted the plaintiff-counterclaim defendant’s motion for summary judgment seeking to compel arbitration of a post-closing price adjustment to a stock purchase agreement and...more

Second Circuit Clarifies that Allegations of Direct Fraudulent Representations Are Not Necessary for Market Manipulation Claims...

In Fezzani v. Bear, Stearns & Co., Inc., No. 14-3983, 2015 WL 400547 (2d Cir. Jan. 30, 2015) (“Fezzani II”), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit clarified its opinion in Fezzani v. Bear, Stearns & Co.,...more

The Business Court Rules Again On Claims Under The North Carolina Securities Act

Last week's decision in Atkinson v. Lackey, 2015 NCBC 13 doesn't tell you everything you wanted to know about the North Carolina Securities Act (the "NCSA"), but it comes pretty close. The lawsuit was brought by three...more

SEC Seeks Chevron Deference to Unnecessary Ruling that Dodd-Frank 180-Day Enforcement Directive Doesn’t Matter

In a brief filed last week, the SEC urged the D.C. Circuit to give Chevron deference to the Commission’s unnecessary conclusion that Congress’s 180-day enforcement deadline doesn’t matter. The conclusion is consistent with...more

2014 Securities Class Actions Year in Review: Five Developments That Will Change the Landscape

The year 2014 brought further development and maturity to Canadian securities class action regimes but the case law continues to reveal discordant themes. Preliminary issues relating to jurisdiction, the leave test and...more

Court Rejects “Merger Tax” Litigation Settlements That Benefit Primarily Plaintiffs’ Attorneys and Plaintiffs Who Do Not Represent...

It is no secret that when a public company announces a merger, lawsuits follow. There is nothing inherently wrong with this phenomenon. If the merger price is woefully unjustifiable or if shareholders are not given adequate...more

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