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Governance & Securities Law Focus: Europe Edition - July 2017

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

In this newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal European, US and selected international governance and securities law developments of interest to European corporates. Please see full Newsletter below for more...more

Third Circuit Holds That Statutes Of Limitation May Be Tolled By Books-And-Records Demands Under Delaware Law Despite Inquiry...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On June 13, 2017, Chief Judge Smith of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit reversed in part the District Court’s dismissal of claims for breach of contract as untimely. Norman v. Elkin, No. 16-1924 (3d...more

The Supreme Court of Canada Clarifies the Personal Liability of Directors in Oppression Cases

by Bennett Jones LLP on

In Wilson v. Alharayeri, 2017 SCC 39 [Alharayeri], the Supreme Court of Canada in a unanimous decision provides significant guidance as to when directors ought to be held personally liable for oppressive conduct under the...more

SEC Sustains Dismissal of Wells Fargo Insider Trading Case

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The rash of lawsuits challenging the SEC’s venue selection decisions may ultimately end with the Supreme Court reviewing the propriety of the retention process for Commission ALJs under the Constitution’s Appointments Clause...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

Second Circuit Overturns District Court Denial Of Leave To Add Securities Fraud Claims Because Release Clause In Stock Sale...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On July 13, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated a part of a district court decision denying a plaintiff’s motion to amend a complaint to add securities fraud claims based on a contractual...more

Capital Markets & Public Companies Quarterly: The Kokesh Decision’s Impact on SEC Enforcement

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Supreme Court’s decision in Kokesh v. Securities and Exchange Commission could have long-lasting implications for the SEC’s enforcement power. We discuss that decision and other developments from the second quarter of...more

Who is a Whistleblower? The Supreme Court Will Give the Final Word

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Next term the Supreme Court hopefully will provide an answer to the hotly debated question whether the Dodd-Frank Act’s anti-retaliation provision (Section 21F) protects only those whistleblowers who report violations to the...more

California Judge Honors Delaware Forum Selection Bylaw

by Allen Matkins on

In May, I wrote about Judge Peter H. Kirwan’s ruling in Drulias v. 1st Century Bancshares, Inc., (Cal. Super. Ct. Case No. 16-CV-294673, Nov. 18, 2016). As readers may recall, Judge Kirwan declined to approve a disclosure...more

Supreme Court To Hear Dispute Over Debt Recharacterization

One critical issue affecting complex restructuring cases are efforts by the estate or creditors to recharacterize debt into equity. This can happen in a variety of factual contexts, including where an existing equity...more

SCOTUS Upholds Strict Statute of Repose on Federal Section 11 Securities Claims

by Perkins Coie on

In a 5-4 decision in California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) v. ANZ Securities, Inc., et al. (No. 16-373), 582 U.S. ___ (2017), the U.S. Supreme Court upheld, at the end of last month, a U.S. Court of Appeals...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

Tolling Securities Claims: “In No Event” Means ... What It Says

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

US Supreme Court: Securities Act’s 3-year statute of repose is not subject to equitable tolling, providing greater certainty to underwriters. Key Points: ..Case has significant implications for financial Institutions...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

Delaware Chancery Court Declines To Dismiss Challenges To Director Option Grants And Outside Investor Voting Agreement

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On June 28, 2017, Vice Chancellor Tamika Montgomery-Reeves of the Delaware Court of Chancery declined to dismiss purported derivative and direct stockholder claims for breaches of fiduciary duty against the directors of...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

The Growth of Collective Shareholder Actions in Europe

On June 8, 2017, Skadden hosted a webinar titled “The Growth of Collective Shareholder Actions in Europe.” The Skadden panelists were international litigation and arbitration partners David Edwards and Anke Sessler, and...more

SEC Injunction Not Time-Barred – In This Case

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In Kokesh v. SEC, No. 16-529)(June 5, 2017) the Supreme Court held that the five year statute of limitations in Section 2462 of Title 28 applies to SEC claims for disgorgement because they are a penalty within the meaning of...more

Supreme Court Intensifies Timing Pressure on Federal Securities Claimants

by Benesch on

It is not uncommon for unnamed class members to opt out of the class when securities class actions veer toward settlement. They might deem the proposed settlement inadequate, and would prefer at that point to go it alone,...more

Phantom Recusal Policy Leads to Partial Summary Judgment for Plaintiffs in the Ocwen Securities Litigation

In a June 13, 2017, ruling on a motion for partial summary judgment in the Ocwen Financial Corp. Securities Litigation (the “Ocwen Litigation”), the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida determined...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Supreme Court concluded that the three year limitation period for bringing suits based on Section 11 of the Securities Act is a statute of repose – it cannot be extended. The High Court also agreed to hear next term a...more

High Court to Address Whether State Courts May Hear Federal Securities Claims Regarding IPOs

by Bryan Cave on

The Supreme Court yesterday agreed to consider whether the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act of 1998 (“SLUSA”) precludes state court jurisdiction in actions that solely allege violations under the Securities Act of...more

US Supreme Court Holds that 3-Year Time Limit to Challenge Registration Statements Cannot Be Tolled, Precluding Opt-Out Plaintiffs...

by Dechert LLP on

Officers, directors, and underwriters frequently become targets of securities fraud litigation after a public offering. In a landmark case decided yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court provides defendants with another tool to...more

Supreme Court to Decide Bankruptcy Test for Recharacterizing Insider Debt Claims

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On June 27, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal brought by Ropes & Gray of the Fourth Circuit’s decision in PEM Entities LLC v. Eric M. Levin & Howard Shareff. The Supreme Court’s decision in the case will...more

Supreme Court Will Hear Whistleblower Protection Case

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Supreme Court agreed to hear a key issue regarding the protections afforded whistleblowers next term. Specifically, the High Court will consider whether to be protected under the anti-retaliatory provisions of Dodd-Frank...more

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