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Texas appeals court: LLCs and partnerships are not "corporations" against which attorneys' fees can be awarded

The Fourteenth Court of Appeals in Alta Mesa Holdings, L.P. v. Ives, No. 14–14–00739–CV, 2016 WL 1534007 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] Apr. 14, 2016) has reversed an award of attorneys’ fees granted by a trial court...more

Delaware Supreme Court Clarifies Standards in Corporate Takeovers

On May 6, 2016, the Delaware Supreme Court upheld a merger between Zale Corporation (“Zales”) and Signet Jewelers Limited (“Signet”) when it affirmed a lower court’s dismissal of a shareholder class action that sought to...more

Phil Mickelson is very glad United States v. Newman is the law in the Second Circuit.

Phil Mickelson, whom the SEC describes as a “successful professional golfer,” was not charged with insider trading earlier today. I wasn’t either, and I’m glad about that. And you probably weren’t either! High fives all...more

FTC Records Two Wins as Staples-Office Depot Merger Abandoned for a Second Time

On May 10, Staples and Office Depot announced that they would be terminating their $6.3 billion merger in the wake of a federal judge’s decision to issue a preliminary injunction blocking the deal. This represents the second...more

China's Supreme Court and Supreme Procuratorate Issue Interpretation on Bribery Laws

On April 18, 2016, the Supreme People's Court and the Supreme People's Procuratorate issued Interpretations of the Supreme People's Court and the Supreme People's Procuratorate on Several Issues Concerning the Application of...more

Supreme Court Decides Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc. v. Manning

On May 16, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States decided Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc. v. Manning, No. 14-1132, holding that that the “arising under” test for federal-question jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C....more

FTC Emphasizes Competitive Issues Arising From Partial Interest Acquisitions

On May 9, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) posted an article summarizing recent developments and areas of competitive sensitivity in the acquisition of partial equity interests. Most antitrust challenges to mergers or...more

How to Win After You Lost: Examing "Trados"

Perhaps the longest-running litigation in recent Delaware Court of Chancery history has been settled, after the plaintiff class lost at trial. The Jan. 20 settlement hearing in In re Trados Shareholder Litigation, Con. C.A....more

Factors and stages: considerations in a scheme of arrangement - A case update of Re Punj Lloyd Pte Ltd and another matter [2015]...

A recent decision by the learned Judicial Commissioner Aedit Abdullah saw the Singapore High Court clarify the factors which ought to be considered in an application to set aside an order made by the court pursuant to section...more

New Federal Law to Require Immediate Change to Agreements Governing Trade Secrets

The new federal trade secret law will likely require immediate action for all businesses that use trade secrets or other confidential information. The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA), which is expected to be...more

Trade & Manufacturing - May 2016

Relief from Unfair Imports of Plastic Retail Carrier Bags to Continue for Five More Years - On April 27, the International Trade Commission (Commission) issued the public views of its unanimous determination in favor of...more

SEC Files Offering Fraud Action Centered on Warrants From Private Firm

The SEC filed another offering fraud action, a current staple of the agency. This scheme centered on two former executives of a privately held software manufacturer and a marketer who sold investors interests in various...more

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

South Dakota: The Next Frontier of Sales Tax Nexus

On April 29, 2016, a declaratory action was filed challenging the constitutionality of South Dakota’s sales and use tax economic nexus legislation, which took effect Sunday, May 1, 2016. In American Catalog Mailers...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

The Boomerang Effect and Tax Exempt Organizations

The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (“PATH”) Act of 2015, contained a provision by which tax-exempt organizations (a “TO”) could challenge revocation of exempt status by virtue of the filing of a declaratory judgment in...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

SEC Prevails At Trial Over Former Professional Athlete

Sometimes is does not pay to be the last man standing – particularly in a Commission enforcement action. Such was the fate of former NFL player and Olympic athlete Willie Gault. SEC v. Heart Tronics, Inc., Case No....more

SEC Charges Biotech Company and Its Officers with Misleading Investors by Failing to Disclose FDA Concerns and Recommendations

On March 29, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced charges against a biotech company and three of its officers for securities fraud. The company has agreed to pay $4 million to resolve the charges...more

Federal Court Finds Private Equity Funds Liable for Portfolio Company’s Withdrawal Liability on “Partnership-in-Fact” Theory

On March 28, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts in Sun Capital Partners III LP v. New England Teamsters & Trucking Industry Pension Fund, No. 10-10921 (D. Mass. 2016) delivered a surprising...more

Sun Capital: District Court Relies on Constructive Partnership Theory to Find Separate PE Funds Liable for a Portfolio Company’s...

The most recent Sun Capital decision is a troubling development for private equity fund sponsors and will likely require a “rethink” of fund structuring when private equity funds own portfolio companies with significant...more

FinCEN Enforcement Trends: 2015 Year in Review

A review of FinCEN’s enforcement efforts in 2015 and 2014 reveal a marked trend away from its longstanding focus on depository institutions and toward otherwise unregulated financial institutions, as well as an increased...more

Second Circuit Upholds Sanofi Dismissal Despite Omnicare

In its first published opinion applying the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund, 135 S. Ct. 1318 (2015), the 2nd Circuit has offered relief to...more

“Citizen Suits” Under China’s Revised Environmental Protection Law: A Watershed Moment In Chinese Environmental Litigation?

A little over a year ago, on January 1, 2015, China’s amended Environmental Protection Law (“EPL”) went into effect, representing a significant aspect of China’s concerted effort to place greater emphasis on environmental...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Clamps Down on Disclosure-Only Settlements

In recent years, lawsuits challenging mergers and acquisitions have become almost ubiquitous. Virtually all of these cases settled for disclosure-only settlements in which the target’s stockholders received no money. Of...more

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