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Illinois Supreme Court Addresses Duty of Care Owed by Insurance Agents

On March 19, 2015, in its decision in Skaperdas v. Country Cas. Ins. Co., 2015 IL 117021 (Ill. Mar. 19, 2015), the Illinois Supreme Court affirmed an appellate court decision holding that Section 2-2201 of the Illinois Code...more

Protecting Trade Secrets Insufficient to Enforce Covenant Not to Compete in Any Capacity Worldwide - NanoMech, Inc. v. Suresh

Addressing the enforceability of a non-compete agreement to protect trade secrets, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit upheld a ruling finding that a non-compete agreement which prevented the employee from...more

Everest Indemnity Insurance Company v. Rea - Court Addresses Whether Insurance Company’s Consult With Counsel Constitutes Waiver...

Rudolfo Brothers Plastering, Inc. claimed that Everest Indemnity Insurance Company acted in bad faith by entering into a settlement agreement that exhausted the liability coverage of an Owner Controlled Insurance Program...more

View From McDermott: 2014 ERISA Litigation Review–Decisions From the Supreme Court and Beyond

Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a number of significant ERISA cases. In its 2013-14 term, the Supreme Court decided two ERISA-based appeals – Fifth Third Bancorp. v. Dudenhoeffer and Heimeshoff v. Hartford Life & Acc....more

Nature Of Reinsurance Relationship Precludes Dismissal Of Negligence Claim Brought By Reinsurer Against Cedent

A federal district court has denied a cedent’s motion to dismiss a negligence claim brought against it by its reinsurer, Old Republic National Title Insurance. The dispute between Old Republic and First American Title arose...more

Illinois Supreme Court Holds Captive Insurance Agents Owe Limited Tort Duty to Clients

Section 2-2201 of the Code of Civil Procedure provides that “[a]n insurance producer . . . shall exercise ordinary care and skill in renewing, procuring, binding, or placing the coverage requested by the insured or proposed...more

Omnicare and the "Reasonable Investor" Standard for Statements of Opinion

On March 24, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously decided the closely followed case of Omnicare v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund concerning liability for false statements of opinion made in...more

In Omnicare, Supreme Court Draws Distinction Between Factual Misstatements and Factual Omissions in Setting Standards for...

On March 24, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its landmark decision in Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund. The Court vacated the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit’s...more

ICSID tribunals address allegations of investor misconduct

Assertions of investor misconduct, ranging from allegations of abusive restructuring to outright corruption in procuring an investment, are evolving into an important part of the catalog of state defenses in investment...more

Courts Continue to Dismiss Shareholder Suits Based on FCPA Violations

On March 16, 2015, Judge Paul G. Gardephe of the Southern District of New York dismissed a shareholder derivative suit filed by Sylvia Pritika against the CEO and others of Avon Products Inc. ("Avon") alleging breach of...more

Court Of Chancery Issues Mother Of All In Pari Delicto Decisions

This and the AIG decisions are the leading decisions on when the in pari delicto defense works. The Court carefully summarizes the 3 exceptions to when in pari delecto bars a recovery: (1) the adverse interest exception, (2)...more

Supreme Court’s Omnicare Decision Muddies Section 11 Opinion Liability Standards

The Supreme Court has a long history of rejecting expansive interpretations of implied private rights of action under Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act. Most notably, since 1975, it rejected the argument that mere...more

Omnicare: Good and Bad News for Security Issuers Offering Statements of Opinion

Securities issuers breathed a collective sigh of relief last week when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Omnicare Inc. et al. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund et al. that Section 11 of the...more

The Supreme Court’s Omnicare Decision: Implications And Remaining Questions Regarding When Opinions Are Actionable Under The...

On March 24, 2015, the Supreme Court issued its much anticipated decision in Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund, No. 13-435, 2015 WL 1291916 (Mar. 24, 2015). With some significant...more

But That’s Just, Like, Your Opinion, Man: U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies Executive Statement Liability Under Securities Law

Statements of opinion do not constitute an “untrue statement of fact” if they turn out to be incorrect, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund,...more

In Omnicare, U.S. Supreme Court Issues Landmark Securities Decision

On Tuesday, March 24, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark securities decision in Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund, finding that incorrect statements of opinion provided...more

U.S. Supreme Court’s Omnicare Decision Leaves Open Narrowed Theory Of Liability For Statements Of Opinion Under Federal Securities...

Can a public company violate the federal securities laws simply by expressing an opinion that turns out to be wrong? In 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit startled the business community by recognizing just...more

High Court Announces New Standard for Opinion Statements

The U.S. Supreme Court found middle ground in Omnicare this week, holding that issuers’ statements of opinion issued in registration statements can be the basis for liability under Section 11 if either the speaker does not...more

OMNICARE: Supreme Court Clarifies Whether Statements of Opinion by Companies and their Executives are Actionable under the Federal...

This week the Supreme Court resolved a split among federal appellate courts over whether a statement of opinion in a company’s registration statement can be actionable under Section 11 of the Securities Act of 1933 if the...more

Plaintiff Investors Must Establish That Opinions in SEC Registration Statements Were Known to Be False at the Time They Were...

On March 24, 2015, in Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers’ District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, tendered a limited victory to defendants in securities law cases. In the...more

Indiana Court Dismisses Bad Faith Allegations and Praises Insurer for Timely Claims-Handling

A recent federal District Court decision from Indiana, Autumn Glen Homeowners Ass’n. v. Travelers Ind. Co. of America, 2015 WL 1256391, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 33317 (S.D. Ind., Mar. 18, 2015) provides insight into both...more

Supreme Court limits liability for statements of opinion contained in securities offerings

In a highly anticipated decision issued Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court confirmed that an issuer’s statements of honestly held opinion or belief cannot give rise to liability under section 11 of the Securities Act of...more

Supreme Court Clarifies Liability Standard for Statements of Opinion in Securities Offering Registration Statements

A common question under Section 11 of the Securities Act of 1933 is whether and under what circumstances an issuer’s statement of opinion or belief may give rise to liability. The Supreme Court recently held in Omnicare, Inc....more

Supreme Court’s Omnicare Decision Follows Middle Path Advocated by Lane Powell and Washington Legal Foundation

In the March 24 opinion issued in Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund (Omnicare), the Supreme Court rejected the two extremes advocated by the parties regarding how the truth or...more

U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies Standard for Challenging an Expression of Opinion in Registration Statement

On March 24, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court limited a securities plaintiff’s ability to claim a remedy for statements of “belief” or “opinion” that turn out to be wrong. In Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council...more

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