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Brownstein Victory Demonstrates Value of Vigorously Challenging Materiality Allegations in Securities Fraud Trials

The materiality of misrepresentations and omissions in securities fraud litigation is a complex but critical issue. For several reasons, defendants sometimes give this element of a securities claim less at tention than it...more

Solak v. Sarowitz et al., C.A. No. 12299-CB (Del. Ch. Dec. 27, 2016) (Bouchard, C.)

In this opinion, the Court of Chancery held that Section 109(b) of the Delaware General Corporation Law (the “DGCL”) prohibits a bylaw shifting to a stockholder plaintiff the attorneys’ fees and other expenses incurred by the...more

Sole Owners of Close Corporation and LLC Discover They're Not So Sole

What makes a shareholder a shareholder? What makes an LLC member a member? The simplicity of the questions belies the difficulties and endlessly unique fact patterns encountered in case after case involving close...more

Marquee Energy Appeal Reaffirms Plans of Arrangement Law in Canada

In a decision released on November 15, 2016, the Alberta Court of Appeal allowed the appeal of Marquee Energy Ltd. (Marquee) from a prior decision of the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta which had required, as a condition to...more

What is a personal benefit? US Supreme Court issues major insider trading decision - key takeaways

On December 6th, Yesterday, the Supreme Court issued its first insider trading decision in more than two decades, Salman v. United States. The decision clarified uncertainty in insider trading prosecutions that arose...more

Unanimous Supreme Court Rejects Effort to Cut Back Insider Trading Liability

The U.S. Supreme Court earlier today rejected an attempt to cut back on liability for insider trading where people give inside tips to family members and friends. In Salman v. United States, the Court unanimously held that...more

Supreme Court Confirms Broad Reach of Insider Trading Liability

Today, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Salman v. United States, clarifying the personal benefit standard of insider trading under the federal securities laws. In resolving what it called a “narrow” issue, the Court...more

The Death of Merger Litigation Part II – The North Carolina Business Court Puts a Nail in the Coffin

In a recent article entitled “The Death of Merger Litigation?”, we wrote about the Delaware Court of Chancery’s increasing refusal to approve disclosure-only settlements in shareholder lawsuits challenging public company...more

The Tie that Binds: Enforceabliity of Merger Provisions Against Non-signatory Shareholders

The Predicament - One challenge encountered in M&A deals is how to bind all shareholders of the target company to all deal terms. For private companies with few shareholders, this is not much of a challenge. However,...more

SEC Hands Out Millions While Leaving The Public In The Dark

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued a press release announcing its decision to award $20 million “to a whistleblower who promptly came forward with valuable information that enabled the SEC to move...more

SEC's Whistleblower Program Is Alive and Well

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) has reported to Congress that its Whistleblower Incentives and Protections program continues grow, not only in terms of the number of tips received and the number...more

SEC Prevails In Insider Trading Jury Trial

The Commission prevailed at trial against a corporate insider charged with tipping his friend prior to the announcement of favorable regulatory action on an application to market a drug. The friend not only traded but...more

SEC FY 2016: A Record Year for Enforcement Cases Against Funds and Advisers

On October 11, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it prosecuted a record number of enforcement cases against investment advisers and investment companies in the fiscal year ended September 30, 2016....more

A Review of Recent Whistleblower Developments

SEC Brings First Stand-Alone Whistleblower Retaliation Enforcement Action - On September 29, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) brought its first stand-alone whistleblower retaliation case under...more

Court Rejects Excessive Fee Claims Following Trial on Mutual Fund “Manager of Managers” Theory

On August 25, a federal court in the District of New Jersey issued a much-anticipated decision, finding after a lengthy trial that shareholder plaintiffs failed to prove claims that AXA entities had charged excessive mutual...more

SEC Targets Employment Agreements Requiring Waiver of Whistleblower Awards

The SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower continues to examine employee severance, settlement and confidentiality agreements for language that might chill reporting of securities violations to the SEC and other regulators. The...more

CDX Holdings, Inc. (f.k.a. Caris Life Sciences, Inc.) v. Kurt Fox, No. 526, 2015 (Del. June 6, 2016) (Holland, J)

In this split decision, a 4-1 majority of the Delaware Supreme Court affirmed the Court of Chancery’s post-trial ruling that Caris Life Sciences’ (“Caris” or the “Company”) board of directors (the “Board”) breached a stock...more

BNA Insights: Statute of Limitations for Disgorgement Claims in SEC and CFPB Enforcement Actions

In a landmark May 26, 2016 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit became the first appellate court to rule that Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘SEC’’) actions for disgorgement are subject to a...more

Recent Developments in Petrobras Class Action Could Interfere with Trial Date

There have been several recent and interesting updates to the In re Petrobras Securities Litigation, 14-cv-9662 (S.D.N.Y.) that we have discussed several times on this blog. First, the Second Circuit has decided to accept...more

Is Rescission Ever Legal?

Yesterday’s post concerned when a corporation’s rescission of the issuance of shares does not constitute a “distribution to its shareholders” as defined in Section 166 of the California Corporations Code. I noted that one of...more

Municipal Advisor, School Consultant, and Associated Individuals Enter Settlement Offers with SEC after First-of-Its-Kind...

On June 13, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) accepted the settlement offers made by two firms and three executives charged with using deceptive business practices in dealing with five school districts. As...more

Judgments

CoCos – Supreme Court decision in litigation between Lloyds and its noteholders - BNY Mellon Corporate Trustee Services Limited v. LBG Capital No 1 Plc and another [2016] UKSC 29 - June 2016 saw the publication...more

Maryland Court of Special Appeals Reaffirms Heightened Standard for Recovering Punitive Damages

On June 1, 2016, the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland issued an opinion in 1st Team Fitness, LLC, et al. v. Francesco Illiano, No. 0136, Sept. Term 2015 (Md. Ct. Spec. App. Jun. 1, 2016) reaffirming Maryland’s heightened...more

Eleventh Circuit Rules Disgorgement Subject to Five-Year Limitations Period, Ruling Against SEC

On May 26, 2016, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit issued SEC v. Graham, a significant decision that, at least in the Eleventh Circuit, limits the ability of the Securities and...more

Delaware Chancery Court Grants Appraisal Petition After Finding Dell MBO Transaction Provided Stockholders Less Than Fair Value

Vice Chancellor Laster of the Delaware Chancery Court recently issued an important opinion in In Re: Appraisal of Dell Inc.C.A. No. 9322-VCL (May 31, 2016), holding that merger consideration offered to Dell, Inc’s common...more

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